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Condition of copper to strangle Coalition's fraudband policy



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THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Member for Grayndler

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CONDITION OF COPPER TO STRANGLE COALITION’S FRAUDBAND POLICY

The Coalition will have to test almost every copper line in the country if it is to meet its guarantee of giving all Australians access to broadband speeds of 25 Mbps by 2016.

This labour-intensive and time-consuming task comes as the Coalition sticks with its copper to the home policy and its pledge to buy this ageing and degrading asset from Telstra, despite the fact that the Coalition has no idea about the state of the copper network.

What is clear is the fault rates on the copper network are increasing and copper maintenance costs are estimated to be as high as $1 billion a year.

This ridiculous public policy will hit taxpayers now and into the future, as fibre to the home is eventually rolled out, but at a higher cost.

It’s little wonder that the Coalition refused to have its broadband policy costed ahead of the election.

Malcolm Turnbull seems determined to forge ahead with his second-rate broadband plan, arrogantly dismissing anyone who suggests his approach is deeply flawed.

This includes more than 200,000 Australians who have signed a petition urging the Coalition to keep rolling out Federal Labor’s world class fibre to the home network.

16 September 2013 Contact: Adam Sims 0408 258 457