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NEW LIBERAL GOVERNMENT TO CUT BACK ON 500,000 HOMES FOR NATIONAL BROADBAND

NEW POLITICIANS CUTTING BACK BIG TIME ON NBN IN AUSTRALIA

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Construction areas will be kept from the public after rollout details were stripped from NBN Co’s website.

Ready for Service dates have been revoked for more than 500,000 premises.

Last year NBN Co published its rollout plan for the next three years, with details of existing service and construction locations along with areas where construction would commence within one or three years. The three-year plan was designed to reach 3.5 million homes and businesses, covering roughly a third of the country’s population.

With the change of Federal government, NBN Co has been forced to rethink its plans after the Coalition vowed to scale back the national fibre rollout. Details of the one and three-year construction areas have now been stripped from the official NBN rollout map, only leaving areas where the service is already available or building has commenced. Further coverage details are available via the unofficial myNBN.info website.

Around two-thirds of areas previously marked as Construction Commenced have been removed from the official NBN coverage maps, leaving those areas in limbo. Ready for Service dates have been revoked for more than 500,000 premises which had previously been told exactly when they would be able to connect to the NBN fibre network. These premises fall within reach of a Fibre Serving Area Module almost ready for service, but it’s now uncertain whether fibre will run all the way to their door or whether they’ll instead rely on copper phone lines and fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) to connect back to the Fibre Serving Area Module.

For now the NBN is simply marked as “not currently available” everywhere outside the new Service Available and Build Commenced areas. The new maps recommend that people “keep checking the website for updates and more information”, but the government has also removed documents detailing the progress of the rollout.

From now on monthly Ready for Service lists and other key details will only be available via the NBN Co sales portal, which isn’t open to the public. Instead the government will issue a weekly progress report indicating the overall number of premises passed, premises serviceable and services activated. These national figures will not breakdown the rollout to specific locations. The figures no longer include areas where construction has “commenced”, as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says they “do not necessarily provide a meaningful indicator of progress”.

A full list of which areas are certain to get fibre-to-the-premises and those which are now in limbo is available on the Whirlpool forums. We won’t know more until at least the end of next month when the government concludes its 60-day strategic review of the NBN rollout.

Have you been left in the lurch with the rewrite of the NBN coverage map?

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November 5th, 2013
Topic: COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS IT, NATIONAL INTEREST, POLITICS PARLIAMENT Tags: None

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