NBN to add value to new housing developments

NBN to add value to new housing developments

Rudd Government opens consultation on proposals to ensure that Fibre-to-the-Premises technology is installed in all new greenfield property developments

The latest piece of the national broadband network (NBN) puzzle is being considered, with the Government looking at how the network will integrate with new property developments.

The Rudd Government has opened a consultation process to ensure that fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology is installed in all new substantial greenfield property developments from July 1, 2010.

The commitment to FTTP in new greenfield estates was announced in April as part of the NBN decision. FTTP delivers broadband services with speeds up to 100 megabits per second - 100 times faster than those currently used by many households and businesses.

In a release, Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, claimed that having FTTP technology installed in a new home adds substantial value to the development.

“It is counter-productive to have our newest homes and businesses not using the most advanced broadband technology. This practice will lead to higher costs when copper wires need to be replaced by fibre,” Conroy said.

The release also claimed a number of local governments around Australia are already using their planning powers to encourage the rollout of FTTP in new greenfield estates.

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