In the latest body blow to be landed in the Conroy versus Turnbull NBN-stoush-that-never-ends, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has accused Opposition Shadow Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, of rank hypocrisy for investing in another telecommunications company that is building a Fibre To The Home [FTTH] network.
“If Australians want to know what Malcolm Turnbull really thinks about investing in Fibre To The Home, they need to follow his money, not his mouth," raged Senator Stephen Conroy in a press release.
“Alongside his investment in France Telecom, which plans to connect 15 million homes with fibre by 2020, Mr Turnbull has also bought bonds in Telefonica – Spain’s largest telecommunications company.
“These bonds are helping build a fibre to the home network in Spain’s major cities, including Madrid and Barcelona,” Senator Conroy said.
“Telefonica plan to bring 100 Mbps services to 1.3 million premises in Madrid, and to cover 50 per cent of the population of Catalonia by 2013."
Conroy then accused Turnbull, as he has before, of wanting to spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars building a second rate Fibre To The Node network in Australia.
“If Mr Turnbull thinks Fibre To The Home is good enough for France and Spain, then he should support it for Australia too," he said.
Turnbull has yet to respond.