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News, Telecommunications - Monday, May 13, 2013 13:46 - 194 Comments
news The Australian version of pioneering US fact-checking website Politifact has given a “mostly false” rating to Labor’s claim that the Coalition’s National Broadband Network policy will see Australians charged $5,000 for access to fibre broadband infrastructure, in one of the site’s first fact-checks on the Australian political arena after its launch this week.
The claim has been repeatedly made by a number of senior Labor politicians over the past month since the Coalition’s alternative NBN policy was unveiled in mid-April. Its basis is the fact that, as in the UK with BT’s own national fibre to the node rollout, Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has held out the possibility that Australians connected to the Coalition’s proposed fibre to the node-based NBN infrastructure would be able to pay a fee to be able to have fibre extended all the way to their premises.
For example, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told the ABC on April 8: “What you have here today is another classic effort by the Coalition to try and hide the facts of their own policy. Malcolm Turnbull wants to charge Australians up to $5,000 per home to connect to the National Broadband Network. That’s what he wants to do. He wants Australian kids to be able to miss out on the best possible educational opportunities because they can’t afford the $5,000 the Coalition will charge.” Continue…
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