blog Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been getting down and dirty with the locals in rural NSW town Armidale, which contains an early stage rollout zone for the National Broadband Network. However, as could have been predicted, the honourable Member for of Wentworth doesn’t appear to have been satisfied with all that he saw. Fairfax’s The Northern Daily Leader was on the scene:
“[Turnbull] said when Telstra’s copper wire access was switched off, the wireless option could only be described as equal to copper wire or could be even worse than current services. He said his meeting in Armidale was a good example of being able to meet people on the ground and he wasn’t aware of this technological shortcoming until he’d came to Armidale.”
Of course, had Turnbull been reading Delimiter, he would have realised that in point of fact, those areas which will be served by wireless under the NBN rollout plans won’t have their existing Telstra copper switched off at all. The copper network will remain in place for at least ten years, a fact which was reiterated by NBN Co after similar fears were raised in Tasmania.
Wow. We didn’t even need to ask the Office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy for a response to this one. It’s kind of like the rebuttal wrote itself ;)
Image credit: Office of Malcolm Turnbull