Victoria's Coalition Government-Elect has given tantalising signs that its support for the National Broadband Network rollout in the state will not be as complete as that of its Labor predecessor.
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Victoria's Coalition State Government has heavily criticised the Labor Federal Government's flagship National Broadband Network policy, arguing in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the NBN that the project could see the telecommunications sector's existing "dysfunctional" market structure replicated and competition put at risk.
The new Coalition State Government in Victoria has given its clearest signal yet that it will reject the 'opt-out' model for the National Broadband Network rollout in the state, meaning residents will need to actively choose to receive fibre when it hits their neighbourhood.
blog We were kind of stunned when the new Coalition Government in Victoria rejected the ‘opt-out’ approach to rolling out the National Broadband Network. After all, we thought … with the Federal Government paying for it and no real downside to having fibre rolled out everywhere, by default, what is there to possibly object to? [...]
The Coalition will take a fully-costed alternative broadband plan for Australia to the next election that is cheaper and makes greater use of mobile technologies. And it says it will not complete the construction of the Rudd Government's $43 billion National Broadband Network.
Victoria looks to have a dogfight on its hands to retain its title as Australia's technology capital, with the new Coalition State Government in NSW today vowing it would lead the nation when it came to the sector.
Several of Victoria’s major government watchdogs and the new Coalition government itself have taken the first steps in bringing the state’s trouble-plagued technology projects to heel, putting one flagship project on ice and scheduling others for a series of reviews that will govern their future.
Written by: Stuart Corner | Published in: Government Tech PolicyThe Victorian Coalition Government has released a report on telecommunications demand, claiming that the NBN rollout is failing the state.
Fresh from its massive election win last week, the incoming O'Farrell Coalition Government in NSW has vowed to halt the Federal Government's National Broadband Network in its tracks. According to a report out of Macquarie Street, not one strand of NBN fibre will be allowed to reach one home in NSW even if residents choose to opt in to the rollout program.
Former Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett has described the decision by Victoria's State Government to pursue an 'opt-in' policy regarding connecting residents and businesses to the National Broadband Network as "very short-sighted", arguing for much broader government engagement and focus on the network to maximise its positive outcomes.