Conroy confused yet again, Julia not telling the truth about broadband again.
Just watching Stephen Conroy’s press conference I see that he is claiming that were the NBN to be redesigned so that the broadband upgrade in built up areas was effected as a Fibre to the Node (FTTN) design this would mean there could be no structural separation of Telstra.
That assertion is absurd. A FTTN redesign would see NBN Co acquire the copper loop on the customer premises’ side of the node. The service provided would be the same layer 2 service as if the node was located in the customer’s premises (FTTP).
And not to be outdone by that nonsense Julia Gillard claims that a vote for the Liberal Party means no broadband! At least she didnt repeat her claim that we would be tearing the fibre out of the ground (presumably with our teeth).
The truth is, as she well knows, that the Coalition supports structural separation of Telstra, supports upgrading the broadband services across Australia but will ensure that is done in a manner that promotes competition (as opposed to stamping it out) and is done in a manner which is cost effective resulting therefore in Australians getting very fast broadband sooner (because a more cost effective approach could be completed more quickly), cheaper (because a mix of technologies including FTTN costs less than FTTP) and more affordably (because a less expensive network and a more competitive environment will result in lower prices).