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Further delays to already outdated NBN signal clear need for FTTP upgrade

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Jordon Steele-John 28 Nov 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Australians need a National Broadband Network for the digital future, not further delays to an already outdated system, said Australian Greens NBN spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John today.

“Yesterday it was announced there would be up to 9 months delays for customers slated to connect to the NBN via Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) to perform further testing. In practice this will mean those customers are simply waiting 9 months longer for sub-standard connectivity,” Senator Steele-John said.

“The Turnbull government must acknowledge that their mixed-technology compromise using outdated Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology will cost far more in the long term and hamper our capabilities relative to other countries.

“Access to the internet is a human right, and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology is the only long-term solution to meet Australia’s current and future broadband needs.

“We have an opportunity to build a high speed, national system that would raise Australia’s digital readiness and bring our speeds into line with world leaders such as South Korea and Japan.

“Australians are fed up with the NBN compromise and want access to a network that meets our current and future digital needs. The Australian Greens will continue to champion that right.”

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