THE Opposition will scrap the national broadband network and offer a mix of other technologies to improve internet speeds for Australians.
The Coalition today revealed its alternative to the Government’s plan to build a high-speed fibre-to-the-home network connecting almost every building in the country.
Shadow communications minister Tony Smith said the Coalition would use a mix of fibre-optic “backbones”, wireless and satellite services to give Australians faster internet.
“The Coalition’s plan spends sensibly and responsibly. Labor’s NBN plan is to recreate a government monopoly,” said Mr Smith.
The alternative plan costs about $6bn – much cheaper than the Government’s $43bn network.
However it will also be much slower, offering only a minimum of 12 megabits per second (Mbps).
Shadow finance minister Andrew Robb said he expected the average speed to be between 30 and 100Mbps.
The Government says speeds on its network will begin at 100Mbps.