Guaranteed minimum broadband speeds of 12Mbps could be delivered at a fraction of the cost of Government's National Broadband Network - and wouldn't cost taxpayers anything in the cities, shadow communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says.
Despite the Coalition apparently now supporting the separation of Telstra, as well as most of the consumer safeguard measures that Government is proposing in its industry reform bill, Malcolm Turnbull says there is still a lot to oppose in the legislation.
In an apparent shift from its pre-election position, the federal Opposition says it is generally supportive of proposed telecommunications regulatory reform, and has flatly rejected accusations that it is trying to block progress toward improved broadband services.
Coalition calls for a full Productivity Commission cost-benefit analysis of the $43 billion National Broadband Network was simply a delaying tactic from an Opposition "determined to wreck" the project, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
Coalition calls for the Productivity Commission to conduct a full cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network and for the project to be overseen by a parliamentary committee was designed simply to delay the roll-out of the high-speed fibre network, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said.
Ramping up pressure on Government over the cost of the National Broadband Network, the Coalition will introduce a Private Members Bill calling for a 10-year cost-benefit analysis of the project.
The Gillard Government will introduce crucial telecommunications reform legislation to the Parliament during the two-week sitting period at the end of the month, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has told the Bloomberg news service.
Without a cost-benefit analysis, there was no justification for the massive investment in the National Broadband Network, shadow communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has told reporters in Canberra.
Shadow communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has "no interest" in demolishing the National Broadband Network, and if the Coalition were to form Government before then NBN is completed, it would make the best possible use of the infrastructure already built.
Pressure is growing on newly-appointed Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull to deal with the industry reform legislation that will enable the $9 billion Telstra structural separation deal to proceed.
Malcolm Turnbull's claim that a UN report on broadband had undermined Government's plan for a fibre to the home National Broadband Network was based on a narrow reading of its findings and a misunderstanding of the technology being utilised. That is the response from the office of the communications minister.
A United Nations report on broadband infrastructure recommends that government's remain "technology neutral" in national roll-outs as the most risk averse strategy - a finding Malcolm Turnbull says highlights the Coalition's concerns about the NBN.
Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says the Snowy Mountains Scheme was given "rigorous analysis and public debate" over several years before construction began, and could not be compared to the National Broadband Network project as Julia Gillard claims.
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