A dud copper NBN


Scott Morrison is all about himself, and doesn’t really care about you. 

That’s why when things go wrong – whether it's the bushfires or COVID – he doesn’t take responsibility. But when things go right, he’s the first to take credit (even if he had very little to do with it). 

In 2013, the Liberals promised that every household and business in Australia would have access to broadband download speeds between 25 and 100 megabits per second by late 2016.

Have they kept that promise? No, of course not.

That’s because Scott Morrison and the Liberals are not interested in what you want or need. The Liberals are not on your side. They’re only in it for themselves.

What you need to know

  • The Liberals promised their second-rate copper NBN would cost $29.5 billion, but the cost has now blown out to a staggering $57 billion. 
  • The Liberals promised every Australian would have access to minimum NBN download speeds of 25 megabits per second by the end of 2016, but thousands of households and businesses in 2021 still can’t access that promised minimum speed.
  • The Liberals have spent years and years and billions of taxpayers' dollars building a second-rate copper NBN that doesn't deliver the minimum speeds that were promised to Australians. In fact, by 2020, NBNCo had purchased 55,911 kilometres of new copper – that's enough copper to wrap around the Earth!

Thousands of Australians still can't access NBN speeds promised by the Liberals

In 2013, the Liberals promised "a minimum download data rate of 25 megabits per second by the end of 2016 in all area[s] of Australia". Have they kept that promise? No, of course not. 

Copper: a waste of time and money

An independent telecommunications analyst said the decision to roll out copper for FTTC NBN rather than fibre was "a waste of money and a waste of time".

NBN costs go up

While the cost of the NBN has increased to $57 billion, internet services have also become more costly for some Australians.

For the poorest Australians, internet services now eat up four per cent of their income, according to an Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2020 report.



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