Protesters dub NBN Turnbull’s ‘fraudband’

Perth MHR Alannah MacTiernan with local residents demanding fibre to the home. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d412001
Perth MHR Alannah MacTiernan with local residents demanding fibre to the home. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d412001

Campaigners across Australia visited MPs on Tuesday, uniting to keep the Labor plan to invest in a Fibre to the Home model, rather than the Coalition’s proposed Fibre to the Node (FTTN) option.

Ms MacTiernan said the copper wiring, which the FTTN model relies on to supply individual premises access to the NBN, was an inadequate ‘second-class solution’.

‘One of the things that I’m becoming increasingly conscious of, for a lot of the electorate of Perth, is that what has been promised by Malcolm Turnbull ” a dumbed-down version of NBN that we call fraudband rather than broadband ” will not be able to be delivered here on copper wire,’ she said.

‘A lot of the copper wire in this area is already at full capacity, so there is no available additional space to pump more services down.’

Communications Minister Turnbull said the Coalition would deliver the NBN sooner and cheaper.

‘The Government’s aim is that all households and businesses should have access to broadband with download data rates of between 25 and 100 megabits per second by the end of 2016,’ he said.

‘By the end of 2019, the Government expects the NBN to be complete and download data rates between 50 and 100 Mbps to be available to at least eight out of 10 Australians.’