NBN MUST EXPLAIN FIXED WIRELESS BACKFLIP

Labor is calling on NBN Co to explain their fixed wireless backflip after lauding the policy and its benefits for outer-metropolitan, regional and rural Australians.

At Senate Estimates last night, NBN Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow, revealed NBN had “killed off” plans to offer 100Mbps on the fixed wireless network.

Only 12 months ago, NBN launched the policy heralding it as “game-changing.”  Mr Morrow previously described the policy as one which delivers for “tomorrow and in the future.”

Then again on 12 January 2018, NBN supplied evidence to the Senate stating that 50 per cent of fixed wireless users would have access to 100 Mbps speeds by 2020 – that is 300,000 regional households and small businesses.

Now they are saying something completely different.  

And yet again, the Minister for Regional Communications is missing in action.

Fixed wireless broadband was planned as part of the original NBN project by Labor in government to give regional Australians the best technology available.

Regional and rural Australians deserve a better explanation as why and how this has happened.