Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart’s pro-fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) bill has been welcomed by the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU).
The Private Senators Bill will ensure Tasmanians are connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) using fibre optic cable if passed.
According to CEPU NBN construction coordinator, David Mier, Urquhart’s bill intends to reinforce what voters believed was a binding pre-election commitment from Federal Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to connect all Tasmanians via FTTP rather than the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) model.
“When the people of Tasmania went to the polls at last year’s Federal Election, they believed that Mr Turnbull’s pledge to honour all NBN construction contracts would see the state’s rollout completed with FTTP,” Mier said.
“Since then, the Federal Government has back-peddled from this pledge, with NBN Co confirming that FTTN technology will potentially be used in Tasmania.”