Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is on the offensive again over the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) plans to decommission existing copper networks from major telcos.
NBN Co has already struck an $11 billion deal with Telstra to shutdown the telco’s copper network and transition all its retail customers to the company responsible for the NBN rollout.
The deal also involves not offering any more broadband services on Telstra's hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network
There is speculation Optus is in talks with NBN Co for a similar deal.
“Assets in the major population centres with continuing economic value and many years of life will be trashed,” he said in a statement.
“Telstra [and Optus] will be contractually barred from offering broadband services over their HFC pay TV cables – even though these cables could deliver 100Mbps broadband to a third of Australian households within months rather than years.”
This means regional areas that desperately need upgraded broadband services will be neglected as NBN Co wastes time building over the existing copper infrastructure, according to Turnbull.