Liberal Government rejects calls to use upgraded fibre for NBN rollout

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP has condemned the Liberal Government’s decision to refuse the upgrade of the NBN rollout across the Bendigo region to the superior Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) or Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) technology.

Late yesterday the Federal Liberal Government rejected calls to use more fibre in its remaining NBN rollout across Bendigo suburbs and Central Victorian towns.

“This is terrible news for the majority of Bendigo and Central Victorian households and businesses who only have access to Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology.

“It’s incredibly disappointing that the Government has arrogantly dismissed the pragmatic pathway recommended by the NBN Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee to deliver more fibre and less copper.

“The response to the committee makes it clear that Malcolm Turnbull is not interested in solutions, he simply wants to sit back and watch the experience of consumers and the competitiveness of our digital economy languish under his second-rate copper NBN,” said Ms Chesters.

FTTN connection uses fibre to the nearest neighbourhood node and then uses copper wire for the rest of the journey to consumer premises.

Consumers who have fibre to their premises (FTTP), fibre to their building (FTTB) or fibre running down their street to the curb (FTTC) are expected to be able to utilise the top speed plans.

“Today’s NBN Co admission that three in four FTTN customers won’t get top speeds is not a surprise to Central Victorian households and businesses.

“Thousands of Bendigo electorate constituents have responded to my NBN and internet survey outlining their frustration with slow unreliable internet.

“Many constituents and business owners have complained that the further they are from the node the slower and more unreliable the internet speed. Many are also saying that the NBN is slower than their former ADSL service.

“The fact is Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN is a failure and by now ignoring suggestions to upgrade the remaining NBN rollout will only leave regional towns like Bendigo further behind in the digital age.

“Maybe Malcolm Turnbull’s new Minister for Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie should finally step in and advocate for the needs of Central Victoria,” said Ms Chesters.