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Turnbull: NBN will strand existing fibre links

Turnbull: NBN will strand existing fibre links

Shadow Communications Minister claims ACCC inquiry was “hasty” and created uncertainty for investors

The Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has claimed the National Broadband Network’s plan to limit the number of Points of Interconnect (PoI) will strand hundreds of millions of dollars of existing fibre links.

Update: Conroy responds.

A PoI is a location where retail and wholesale service providers connect to the NBN to provide and receive its access capability.

“The NBN’s proposal will bypass infrastructure that has already been built by private companies,” Turnbull’s statement said. “These links will be excluded from carrying fixed line traffic if the NBN’s plans go ahead.

“Further private investment in communications infrastructure in Australia will be reduced because of increased uncertainty and sovereign risk.”

Turnbull also used his statement to label the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) inquiry into locations for Points of Interconnect as “hasty” and claimed it created regulatory uncertainty for backhaul investors.

ARN contacted the office of Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, and was unable to get a response by time of publication, but one is expected by this afternoon.

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