Second Hand NBN?

Yet again Tasmanians will lose out on the latest announcement from Canberra. This goes against all that was said during the September 2013 election campaign (no surprises there really)

NBN rollout: Telstra, NBN Co, Malcolm Turnbull announce deal to deliver quicker, cheaper network

So Telstra and Optus are the winners as they profit from the sale of their HFC cables the humble end user will get a sub standard internet connection.

So clearly this is not what the people voted for? I certainly don’t recall this as being an option! because if it had I’m pretty sure that the outcome of the election might have been different. This Government has shown it’s true colours, lie about your election promise and then lie about not lying about said election promise…  But I suppose that me writing this won’t matter because unless you’re on a high speed fibre connection you won’t be able to read this!

Mr Turnbull (you’re an idiot)

Malcolm Turnbull: If You Want Good Broadband, Just MoveLuke Hopewell at Gizmodo: Malcolm Turnbull is meant to be the man. He’s the minister ultimately responsible for the National Broadband Network. So why did he jump on Twitter and bash someone for not being fortuitous enough to live in an area with decent broadband? It’s smug, and wrong.

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Mr Turnbull (you're an idiot)

Malcolm Turnbull: If You Want Good Broadband, Just MoveLuke Hopewell at Gizmodo: Malcolm Turnbull is meant to be the man. He’s the minister ultimately responsible for the National Broadband Network. So why did he jump on Twitter and bash someone for not being fortuitous enough to live in an area with decent broadband? It’s smug, and wrong.

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Turnbull Breaks Election Promises on NBN

Back-off on NBN pledge as Turnbull takes swipe at rollout contractor 

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HOPES Tasmania would have the nation’s best broadband network appear dashedFederal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has retreated from promises to deliver the NBN directly to the majority of Tasmanian homes and businesses. Mr Turnbull promised in the federal election campaign to honour contracts for Labor’s fibre to the premises model. However, on local radio yesterday he moved away from the commitment, blaming rollout contractor Visionstream. “We’ve always said we will honour the contracts,” Mr Turnbull said. “The problem is Visionstream is not prepared to work for the prices and the rates that they have agreed to. That’s why work has stopped.” Mr Turnbull also said Tasmania was not entitled to preferential treatment just because it was the first state to start the NBN rollout. “My commitment is to ensure that all Australians have access to very fast broadband sooner, cheaper and more affordably,” he said. The comments were slammed by the State Government and the information communications technology sector. Premier Lara Giddings said it was appalling that the Liberals had played such cruel politics over the NBN. “Before the election they were putting their hand on their hearts and declaring they would honour the Tasmanian contracts,” she said.”Ever since the election, they have done everything they can to try and wriggle away from it. To now try and use an argument that the project is too expensive is complete rubbish.” TAS ICT executive officer Dean Winter yesterday called on Mr Turnbull to honour his election commitment “He must stop his inaccurate claim that Visionstream is not doing any work in Tasmania,” Mr Winter said. “It is simply untrue and he is either poorly advised or being deliberately misleading.”Visionstream has ramped up its activity and has been laying fibre in Clarence, West Hobart and East Launceston over the past few weeks.” Mr Winter said issues with the NBN rollout were known before the September election. “But there was never any indication from the Coalition those issues would affect the promise to honour existing contracts.” Opposition leader Will Hodgman said the state Liberals wanted fibre to the premises and would discuss the issue with Mr Turnbull.

Sourced from The Mercury

So it was pretty much expected that this would happen. From the get go the meaning of the “Promise” was being watered down… Enjoy ADSL as for most that’s all they will ever have access to… 😐

Turnbull's Tasmanian Power Play

Sparks fly over NBN as Visionstream urged to ‘come out of hiding’

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THE company overseeing the rollout of the NBN in Tasmania has been told to “come clean” on the status of the $300 million project.

Tasmania’s communications sector has urged Visionstream to “come out of hiding” amid concerns the NBN rollout has stalled.

The calls come as federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday accused Visionstream of stopping work on Tasmania’s NBN rollout.

NBN Co has also confirmed the pace of the rollout has slowed.

Visionstream has consistently refused to comment on concerns being raised about the NBN rollout in Tasmania.

Yesterday the company did not reply to calls from the Mercury.

TasICT executive officer Dean Winter said yesterday “trying to get information out of Visionstream is like trying to draw blood from a stone”.

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“There will be endless speculation about the status of the NBN rollout in Tasmania until Visionstream finally comes clean on what is going on.”

Mr Winter said there needed to be a detailed public statement made about the company’s progress and its ability to complete the $300 million contract it signed last year.

“We’ve got an interstate company who have won the right to deliver the most important infrastructure project of this generation, but who seem totally disengaged with the Tasmanian community.”

An NBN Co spokesman told the Mercury yesterday NBN Co was in discussions with Visionstream about rates and costs.

“As a result, the pace of the rollout in Tasmania has slowed,” the spokesman said.

“We’re working to resolve this issue.

“This is in addition to the impact that the halt to remediation work on pits and pipes due to asbestos has had on the rollout. Visionstream is contracted by Telstra to carry out this work.”

The spokesman said 32,000 homes and businesses in Tasmania now had access to the fibre. Visionstream had been contracted to deliver to 190,000 premises.

Mr Turnbull told ABC radio yesterday work had stopped on the NBN in Tasmania.

Nine out of 10 Tasmanians did not have access to the NBN, Mr Turnbull said.

“The bottom line is that there was not one thing I could do to stop the NBN rollout in Tasmania — because it has been stopped,” Mr Turnbull said.

“At this stage Visionstream is not building anything. There is a serious problem there that we have to address.”

Yesterday Mr Turnbull stood by the pre-election vow that all existing contracts would be honoured, but raised concerns about Visionstream’s work.

“Visionstream, it was reported, signed a contract in March 2012 worth $300 million to complete the entire fibre rollout in Tasmania covering about 200,000 premises. That’s what NBN Co announced and that was to be completed by 2015.

“As far as we can see no work has been done by Visionstream for at least two months — they have basically downed tools.

“I am not saying we would dishonour or breach any contract, but at the moment nothing is being done under the contract by the contractor.”

Sourced from The Mercury

Now let’s see how this new Liberal Government will sit back and ensure that Tasmanians will be denied the opportunity to get connected to the NBN via FTTH. Ok so I’m one of the lucky ones who has been able to get connected, but it looks like there’s a stalemate that the general public won’t be privy to the finer details. I just hope this contract is honoured (as Mr Turnbull claims)

Only time will tell… 😐

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Turnbull’s Tasmanian Power Play

Sparks fly over NBN as Visionstream urged to ‘come out of hiding’

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THE company overseeing the rollout of the NBN in Tasmania has been told to “come clean” on the status of the $300 million project.

Tasmania’s communications sector has urged Visionstream to “come out of hiding” amid concerns the NBN rollout has stalled.

The calls come as federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday accused Visionstream of stopping work on Tasmania’s NBN rollout.

NBN Co has also confirmed the pace of the rollout has slowed.

Visionstream has consistently refused to comment on concerns being raised about the NBN rollout in Tasmania.

Yesterday the company did not reply to calls from the Mercury.

TasICT executive officer Dean Winter said yesterday “trying to get information out of Visionstream is like trying to draw blood from a stone”.

Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.

End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar.

“There will be endless speculation about the status of the NBN rollout in Tasmania until Visionstream finally comes clean on what is going on.”

Mr Winter said there needed to be a detailed public statement made about the company’s progress and its ability to complete the $300 million contract it signed last year.

“We’ve got an interstate company who have won the right to deliver the most important infrastructure project of this generation, but who seem totally disengaged with the Tasmanian community.”

An NBN Co spokesman told the Mercury yesterday NBN Co was in discussions with Visionstream about rates and costs.

“As a result, the pace of the rollout in Tasmania has slowed,” the spokesman said.

“We’re working to resolve this issue.

“This is in addition to the impact that the halt to remediation work on pits and pipes due to asbestos has had on the rollout. Visionstream is contracted by Telstra to carry out this work.”

The spokesman said 32,000 homes and businesses in Tasmania now had access to the fibre. Visionstream had been contracted to deliver to 190,000 premises.

Mr Turnbull told ABC radio yesterday work had stopped on the NBN in Tasmania.

Nine out of 10 Tasmanians did not have access to the NBN, Mr Turnbull said.

“The bottom line is that there was not one thing I could do to stop the NBN rollout in Tasmania — because it has been stopped,” Mr Turnbull said.

“At this stage Visionstream is not building anything. There is a serious problem there that we have to address.”

Yesterday Mr Turnbull stood by the pre-election vow that all existing contracts would be honoured, but raised concerns about Visionstream’s work.

“Visionstream, it was reported, signed a contract in March 2012 worth $300 million to complete the entire fibre rollout in Tasmania covering about 200,000 premises. That’s what NBN Co announced and that was to be completed by 2015.

“As far as we can see no work has been done by Visionstream for at least two months — they have basically downed tools.

“I am not saying we would dishonour or breach any contract, but at the moment nothing is being done under the contract by the contractor.”

Sourced from The Mercury

Now let’s see how this new Liberal Government will sit back and ensure that Tasmanians will be denied the opportunity to get connected to the NBN via FTTH. Ok so I’m one of the lucky ones who has been able to get connected, but it looks like there’s a stalemate that the general public won’t be privy to the finer details. I just hope this contract is honoured (as Mr Turnbull claims)

Only time will tell… 😐

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Tasmanian NBN rollout in doubt

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Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull claims there has been little progress on the NBN rollout in Tasmania.

Before last month’s election, the Coalition promised to honour all existing NBN contracts in Tasmania if it won government.

Mr Turnbull told ABC Local Radio he could see little or no progress on the NBN rollout.

“All I can say is that the last figures we saw from NBN Co showed that less than 20,000 premises had been passed with fibre in Tasmania so that’s less than 10 per cent of the total rollout,” the minister said.

“So obviously competing it by 2015 looks pretty optimistic.

“I’m not suggesting that we would dishonour or breach any contract, but at the moment nothing is being done under the contract by the contractor.”

The body representing contractors on the project says the project has not stalled.

The Civil Contractors Federation’s Trevor Cook says he has seen Visionstream staff in the field but he can not comment on whether any contracts have been breached.

“I’m not a lawyer, I don’t have a contract in front of me, I’ve got no idea what their contract is,” he said.

“I myself have personally seen the contractor out there toiling away…remediating Telstra asbestos pits, scoping.”

Visionstream has declined to comment.

The Minister says a strategic review of the NBN will address whether the Tasmanian-based NBN board is still required.

The review is expected to be finalised by early December.

Sourced from ABC News

So as one expected, this Liberal government will sit idly by and allow this NBN rollout fail. Should this happen, many Tasmanian’s will be left behind in the technology darkages.

Now it’s time to make that list of pre-election promises vs policies delivered

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