MORE than 145,000 Australians have signed an online petition calling for the Coalition to back Labor’s NBN proposal.
The petition is one of a series of new websites which have sprung up online in recent weeks, including one which compares download speeds between the two major parties’ proposals.
Ex-Telstra chief tipped for NBN
Incoming communications minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to make a series of board appointments to NBN Co including former Telstra chief executive Ziggy Switkowski as part of an overhaul of the broadband group. NBN Co has been under pressure to accelerate the rollout of fibre optic cables as the company struggles to meet deadlines in building the country’s largest ever telecoms network.
The petition was started by 20-year-old student Nick Paine on change.org shortly after Saturday’s election. It calls on the Liberal Party to “‘reconsider your plan for a fibre-to-the-node NBN in favour of a superior fibre-to-the-home NBN.”
Nearly 92,000 people have issued a plea to prime minister elect Tony Abbott to continue the National Broadband Network (NBN) with a fibre-to-the-home plan, instead of the Coalition’s proposed fibre-to-the-node plan. In April this year the Coalition announced its broadband policy, with 71 per cent of Australia to get fibre-to-the-node (FFTN); 22 per cent to get fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP); 4 per cent to get fixed wireless; and 3 per cent to get satellite.
Telstra Corp Ltd has reportedly begun trials of new mobile technology that is being billed as capable of providing download speeds as much as nine times faster than the coalition’s national broadband network (NBN) plan would deliver, according to The Australian Financial Review. Labor’s NBN plan offered customers up to 100 megabits per second, while the coalition is pushing a plan that would guarantee speeds of 50 mbps by 2019.
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