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!

LNP Still Pass The Buck

So it’s been a while since I last wrote about the NBN. But this news report has finally got under my skin…


I’ve been connected to the NBN since September 2013, in that time the only downtime has been due to the router occasionally locking up.  If I was to compare this to the ADSL2+ connection I had previously then I’m well ahead in uptime days. I’m just sick and tired of reading that the problem was due to the previous government. I thought that the *Adults” were in charge? Isn’t this what Tony Abbott claimed on election night!

So far these “Adults” have just been passing the buck and by default it’s Labors fault. 😐

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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Ziggy to the Rescue!

NBN chief Ziggy Switkowski announces fibre-optic cable won’t be rolled out to all Tasmanian homes


TASMANIANS eagerly lining up for a journey on Australia’s internet superhighway face a big U-turn, with NBN chief Ziggy Switkowski confirming yesterday that the premium fibre-optic service would not be rolled out to all premises as originally promised.

Dr Switkowski, who was in Tasmania to provide an NBN update, said there would be a mix of technologies, including the use of existing copper wire for premises connected to the network from next year.

But he said up to 80,000 Tasmanian premises would get the all-fibre rollout this year.

Premier Lara Giddings said the Federal Government had broken its NBN promise.

“It’s absolutely appalling that the Australian Government is doing this to us because this is about Tasmania’s future,” Ms Giddings said.

“It’s about our economy, it’s about jobs, it’s about how we future-proof this state, it is about how we compete on the global levels.”

Mr Turnbull promised to honour existing contracts during last year’s federal election campaign.

Visionstream secured a $300 million contract in March 2012 to provide high speed fibre-optic band to 200,000 Tasmanian homes and businesses by the end of 2015.

But Dr Switkowski said the latest plan would have a mix of technologies and wouldn’t be completed until 2019.

That mix could be influenced by a plan to install fibre optic cable on power poles.

Sourced from The Mercury

So this comes as no surprise, I mean seriously Tony Abbott had no intention of keeping the NBN contracts in situ for Tasmania and if you believed this when voting then you’re a bloody fool! Tony’s Government has cost Australia more jobs in the first 150 than any other government in the history of the country. It’s going to get much worse…

Turnbull Breaks Election Promises on NBN

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


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… 😐

National Broadband Network

National Broadband Network blowout clouds Tasmania’s rollout agenda


TASMANIA’S leading edge on the National Broadband Network is in jeopardy after a backflip by the Federal Government over an $11 billion cost blowout.

Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday released the Coalition’s NBN review saying the project would cost $41 billion — up from the pre-election figure of $29.5 billion.

But Mr Turnbull said the Coalition remained committed to limiting its equity investment in NBN Co to $29.5 billion, with the excess to be made up through debt.

The review showed the Coalition’s promise of delivering 25 megabits per second broadband nationally by 2016 would stretch to 2019.

The state’s information communications technology sector yesterday called on new federal MPs Brett Whiteley, Andrew Nikolic and Eric Hutchinson to press Mr Turnbull on what the cost blowout meant for Tasmania.

“Tasmania’s NBN rollout is more uncertain than ever,” TAS ICT executive officer Dean Winter said.

“How can our industry plan for the future drive the economy and increase employment if we are totally in the dark about plans for Tasmania’s broadband infrastructure?”

Mr Whiteley said the review would have no bearing on the Tasmanian rollout.

“The review was about laying out the facts for all to see,” he said.

“Under the previous Labor Government the NBN was a fact-free zone, and now we know why. We committed to honouring existing contracts during the campaign and that is happening right now.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.”

The review raised concerns about the rollout in Tasmania, suggesting the process could be accelerated by 35 per cent to 75 per cent by reducing waste and lifting performance.

“NBN Co has received a proposal from the Tasmanian Government which suggests greater use of aerial in FTTP [fibre to the premises] deployment,” the report said.

“NBN Co will explore this suggestion as one way of improving momentum.”

A passage referring to Visionstream, the company oveseeing the rollout in Tasmania, has been blacked out in the report.

Mr Winter said the original fibre to the premise plan, first promised by Labor and then promised in principle by the Coalition during the election campaign, could revolutionise the Tasmanian economy.

— with AAP

Sourced from The Mercury

So as time has passed the truth of the Coalitions “Promise” has taken a new twist in just what will happen here in Tasmania. Essentially you can be assured that whatever is said will pretty much be hot air as politicians argue over the original election promise to what will eventually eventuate!  So if you are one of the lucky ones to have got FttH (FttP) installed prior to the election then you can of course enjoy internet speeds of up to 100Mb/s Download & 40Mb/s upload, but if you’re one of the unlucky one to have to be subjected to FttN then sadly you might as well just stick with whatever you have (ADSL/ADSL2+)

This is becoming a hot debate in Tasmania with the state government pushing to use fiber cable on existing Aurora infrastructure (power poles) There’s too much that can go wrong with that solution, that would cause expensive repairs and lengthy downtime should a pole be damage by a vehicle or similar… 😐

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Tasmanian NBN rollout in doubt


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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