AUSTRALIA’S top communications regulator is calling for the Premier to immediately halt the rollout of Australia’s first fibre optic network to the state’s cities.
Key points:Communications Minister Michael McCormack says Mr Turnbull should stop ‘frustrating’ NBN rollout as it has been the worst on recordThe Federal Government says it has made $9 billion available to cover cost of NBNCo expansionMr McCormack’s comments come as the Federal Government releases an analysis of the cost of the NBN’s rollout in the states and territories.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said the state and territory governments have been the biggest losers of the rollout, with the NBN failing to deliver a single residential broadband connection.
The report, which was released on Wednesday, said the NBNCo network had failed to deliver any NBN service to almost a quarter of Australians who were not on the NBN.
“The Government’s NBNCo rollout has been a costly failure in every way and the Government’s response has been to blame the states for this failure,” Mr McCormack said in a statement.
“That’s just not fair.”
Instead of blaming the states, the Government should focus on the rollout being successful for their own people.
“The Federal Communication Commission (CFC) is an independent agency that regulates communications and telecommunications services.
The commission says it expects the rollout to cost the Federal government $1.6 billion by the end of the decade.
The FCA has been in the midst of a review of the state-wide rollout, which has cost the Government $2.4 billion.
But the Federal Communications Minister said the commission should focus instead on the failures of the Federal Parliament.”
What we are finding is that the Commonwealth is responsible for $9.9 billion in Commonwealth expenditure over the life of the Commonwealth,” he said.”
We need to be focused on delivering the best possible NBN to the people of Australia.
“Mr McCormacks said he was confident the rollout was in the best interests of Australians.”
I don’t think it’s fair that there are people in these communities that are not getting the services they deserve,” he told ABC radio.”
And that’s why I want to ensure that the NBN is delivering the right services for Australians.
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