NBN: The Facts



Labor’s vision for a National Broadband Network was for 93% of homes across Australia to be connected to the internet by Fibre Optic Cable. That’s because fibre optic broadband supports the speed and reliability needed to bridge the divide between regional Australia and our capital cities – to bring education, health services, innovation and job creation opportunities to your town.

To Labor the NBN is a way of increasing opportunities for social and economic participation — to give us all a stake in the future.

Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP

Mr Turnbull promised that every Australian home would have access to NBN by the end of 2016 — yet 7 million homes are still waiting; he promised that the Coalition NBN would cost $29.5 billion – yet it now costs $54 billion.

Mr Turnbull’s "Fibre to the Node" (FTTN) technology is second rate. It relies on aged copper wiring to get from the Node to the Home or Business. Over distances greater than 600 metres of copper from the Node, the service slows down. It is also more expensive to maintain.

In many parts of Australia, the copper network is old and degraded. This causes problems with speed and reliability. This is only made worse by rain and other bad weather.

Consumers who have switched from ADSL to FTTN are fed up the slow speeds and unreliable service they are getting over the second-rate copper NBN. They are wondering what happened to this great NBN project that was first promised to them.


Once you are connected to the copper FTTN NBN you will be stuck on that technology for a very long time, that’s why now is the time to get it right, before it’s too late.

There is an exciting new technology which is steadily planned to be rolled out to just 700,000 homes across Australia – in mainly suburban locations. That technology is Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) also known as Fibre to the Curb (FTTC).

What is Fibre to the Curb?

FTTC takes Fibre Optic Cable right to the curb on the street outside your house, leaving only a small distance from the curb to the home or business to be done by copper.

FTTC delivers much faster speeds and better reliability than the copper Fibre to the Node.

The more fibre, the faster your broadband and the better the reliability. Fibre to the Curb does not cost significantly more than Fibre to the Node to deploy, and saves a lot of money over the long term.

What can be done to Stop the Copper NBN?

Why isn’t everyone getting the best technology we can afford, Fibre to the Curb?

Malcolm Turnbull is creating a digital divide in towns and suburbs across Australia, leaving 4 million homes stranded on a second-rate copper network.

If we don’t act urgently millions of Australians will be locked into Malcolm Turnbull’s copper, for decades to come. Regional Australians deserve better.