The Prime Minister promised to roll out the $43 billion NBN to regional areas first as part of a deal to secure the support of two independents needed to form a minority government.
But opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb warned yesterday that rolling out the NBN to the bush before lucrative metropolitan markets could jeopardise the project’s economic case.
“The NBN business plan was to minimise the cost of the rollout and keep the maximum public exposure to $26bn by first attaining a critical mass in the cities that would allow them to generate revenues to assist the regional rollout, but now that whole thinking has been turned on its head,” Mr Robb told The Australian.
Mr Robb’s concerns about the cost of bringing the NBN to rural Australia were echoed in the northern NSW seat of New England, held by Tony Windsor.
Tamworth dairy farmer Karrie Whitten said she couldn’t make sense of the $43bn spend, saying that there were other more pressing priorities, including improving the patchy mobile phone coverage, fixing the potholes in the roads and getting better access to doctors and hospitals.
But she was most puzzled by the fact that her family home, like most of the households in the area, already had access to high-speed wireless internet, for $40 a month.
“I just don’t understand why the government would be spending such a massive amount when there are so many other things the money could be used for,” Ms Whitten said yesterday.
Read the full story in “The Australian” This is a very good article and well worth the read.
Revenue and Costs. So the way Labor had planned, get the NBN rolled out in the cities, get people hooked up, the people start paying,(?) and then when enough money was generated, start to roll out again, this they figured would take 8 years. I would love to see the paper work on this. Cost of the NBN Labor said would be around $43 Billion that means it’s about $2,000 for every man, women and child, before operational costs. I’m not sure if that actually goes to your front door, or past the houses. A lot of houses on farms are anything from 1km + from the actual road. Joyce has said, that in Tasmania, the NBN has so far cost around $37Million, for 70 households, which is approx $500,000 per household. If this is true it’s going to cost a lot more than Labor is letting on.
Because this NBN is not actually costed, we really don’t know what the money figure will be.
There are a lot of people that can’t get broadband at the moment, not just rural but also in some new suburbs, there needs to be some new towers put in I feel, so at least these people can get access now not in 8 years time, but I really don’t think this NBN is going to happen, I can see huge blow outs with this that Australia just can’t afford.