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Featured, News, Telecommunications - Monday, April 28, 2014 11:11 - 31 Comments
news Tasmania’s peak industry body of the information, communications and technology sector, TasICT, has published a strongly worded submission to the Federal Government slamming both sides of politics for the “shambolic” and “farcical” progress of NBN Co’s network rollout in the state, stating that the project has become a “political tool”.
When Labor first announced its National Broadband Network project in April 2009, Tasmania took pride of place in the announcement. The state’s existing poor broadband infrastructure compared with the rest of Australia meant that the then-Rudd Labor administration allocated Tasmania priority in the planned NBN fibre rollout, with the state to host pilot programs for the wider national NBN fibre rollout and a separate division of NBN Co, NBN Tasmania, established to service it.
However, little progress has been made in the state since that time due to a combination of NBN Co’s poor handling of its prime construction contractor in the state, as well as asbestos issues in Telstra’s infrastructure and a constant back and forth between various sides of politics about how the Tasmanian rollout should continue.
Many Tasmanians believe the Coalition, specifically Malcom Turnbull, committed the Coalition’s modified Broadband Network rollout (CBN) in the state to a full Fibre to the Premises deployment during last year’s Federal Election, as was originally planned under Labor. However, in fact, Turnbull never explicitly made such a promise; stating only that a Coalition Government would honour construction contracts signed by NBN Co. Some Tasmanians took this statement to mean that the Coalition would commit to a full rollout of Fibre to the Premises broadband in the state.
Subsequently, NBN Co has confirmed that part of Tasmania will be served by the technically inferior Fibre to the Node technology preferred by the Coalition. In the recent Tasmanian election, both sides of politics called for Turnbull to commit to a full FTTP rollout in the state. The Minister eventually confirmed new trials of overhead fibre would be undertaken to confirm the viability of the model.
One of the most vocal voices regarding the project in Tasmania has been TasICT, the state’s peak body for the local ICT sector.
In a submission to the Federal Parliament (PDF) regarding the National Broadband Network Companies Amendment (Tasmania) Bill 2014 (legislation established by Labor which would require a full FTTP rollout in the state, but which has no chance of being enacted), the organisation harshly criticised both sides of politics for their mismanagement of the broadband rollout in Tasmania. Continue…