The Original NBN

October 2017

The “top 10 myths” on this site were written back in 2010, when the ALP was proposing to build the original NBN. The proposal came under heavy attack from the then-opposition and the News Limited media in particular, with the publishing of numerous demonstrably false stories.

The original NBN was to be a game-changing broadband network providing coverage to every Australian premises via:

  • Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) to 93% of Australians in urban and suburban areas, offering speeds of up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps).
  • LTE Fixed-Wireless to 4% of rural premises, offering speeds of up to 25Mbps;
  • Satellite to the remaining 3% of remote premises offering speeds of up to 25Mbps.

Following a change of government in 2013, this plan was abandoned and replaced by a “multi technology mix” of inferior technologies in place of the FTTP. As was predicted by those in the industry, this has proven to be terrible decision and the NBN has become a disaster in many ways.

Opportunity squandered

The NBN should have put Australia at the forefront of high-tech capability. Instead -thanks to Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull- it has become a slow and unreliable disaster. A network worth less than it will cost to build and which will soon require upgrades just to keep up with the rest of the world.

These are the original pages written back in 2010-13:

See “The New NBN: Fraudband” for a growing amount of information on how something that began as a visionary, nation-building project has been wrecked for ideological and political reasons. This has left Australia worse off both technologically and financially.

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