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What is the National Broadband Network?

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will ensure that all Australians have access to very fast broadband using a mix of technologies. The Australian Government is committed to completing the construction of the NBN sooner, at less expense for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers.

You can find out more about the NBN on NBN Co's website

Variation of Telstra's Migration Plan: Regulatory Instruments Consultation Paper

On 16 December 2014 the Government released a consultation paper seeking feedback from all interested stakeholders on exposure drafts of two regulatory instruments to support the variation to Telstra's migration plan, these instruments will, facilitate the policy shift from a fibre-to-the-premises model to a multi-technology mix National Broadband Network.

Telstra's migration plan details how the company will disconnect customers from its copper and hybrid-fibre coaxial networks as the NBN rollout progresses. Prior to Telstra submitting its proposed variation of the migration plan for approval to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Minister will need to remake the following instruments to guide the regulator's consideration of the revised plan, with previous versions to be revoked:

Telecommunications (Migration Plan Principles) Determination 2014

Telecommunications (Migration Plan – Specified Matters) Instrument 2014

Details on how to make a submission are contained in the consultation paper. Stakeholders are invited to make submissions by 5.00 pm AEST Wednesday 7 January 2015.

Commercial Agreements to support the NBN

On 14 December 2014 NBN Co signed amendments to its commercial agreements with Telstra and Optus that will facilitate the multi-technology mix NBN.  Under the agreements NBN Co will progressively take ownership of many parts of Telstra’s copper and HFC cable networks, as well as Optus’ HFC cable network, and will use this infrastructure in the NBN.  The amendments are subject to a number of Conditions Precedent, including relevant regulatory approvals.

Further information is available at:

Implementation of the National Broadband Network: Migration Assurance Policy Consultation Paper

On 2 September 2014 the Government released a consultation paper seeking feedback from all interested stakeholders on the best way to reform the migration of services to the National Broadband Network (NBN). Submissions in response to the consultation paper closed on 26 September 2014. More information, including a list of the submissions, is available on the Migration Assurance Policy Consultation Paper page.

On 27 August 2014, the Government released the Cost-Benefit Analysis of the NBN prepared by the panel led by Dr Michael Vertigan AC.

Please note: These documents are not completely accessible due to the redaction of some content.

The Cost-Benefit Analysis confirms that there are real economic and social advantages in deploying high-speed broadband infrastructure to Australian households and businesses.

The Cost-Benefit Analysis considers the costs of different approaches to providing fast broadband in Australia. It also considers preferences and potential future demand f

Statement of Expectations

The Government has issued NBN Co with a new Statement of Expectations. This statement will guide the next steps in delivering the NBN. It replaces the interim Statement of Expectations issued in September 2013 and all previous statements.

NBN Co Review

The Government has committed to undertake a series of reviews into the NBN in order to refocus the rollout around its policy objectives which include using a wider range of technologies to connect homes and businesses to the network sooner. The individual reviews will cover:

  • NBN Co's costs, structure, commercial prospects and strategic plans
  • the public policy process which led to the NBN and NBN Co's governance
  • the economic and social costs and benefits of the availability of high speed broadband of differing properties via various technologies, the role of Government support and a number of other longer-term industry matters.

On 3 October 2013, the Minister outlined the Terms of Reference for the first of these reviews, which has been undertaken by the new NBN Co Board. The Government received a draft of NBN Co's Strategic Review on 2 December 2013. On 12 December 2013, NBN Co published the Strategic Review into the NBN rollout after detailed consideration. Further information on the conduct and timing of the other reviews will be provided as decisions are announced by Government.

Independent Audit of the NBN Public Policy Process

On 7 March 2014, the Government announced the appointment of Mr Bill Scales AO to conduct an independent audit of the public policy processes that led to the establishment of the NBN.

The Scales report is published online on the Australian Parliament House website. A copy of the report published on that website can be accessed here.

More information on the audit can be found on the Independent audit of the NBN Public Policy Process page.

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation

On 12 December 2013, the Government announced the terms of reference for the Cost-Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation of NBN (the third of the reviews listed above) and the Panel of Experts who will provide a report to the Government.

The panel has provided the following reports to the Government:

  1. The Statutory Review of Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Statutory Review). The Statutory Review was tabled in both Houses of Parliament on 16 July 2014.
  2. The Independent Cost-Benefit Analysis of Broadband. This was released on 27 August 2014.
  3. The NBN Market and Regulatory Review. This was released on 1 October 2014.

Broadband Availability and Quality Project

The Department of Communications has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of broadband availability and quality in over 78,000 local areas of Australia to assist with the prioritisation of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.

On 20 February 2014, the Minister for Communications published the full results of this analysis, following the release of a national summary report on 23 December 2013.

The full Broadband Availability and Quality Report compares the broadband technologies available to Australians in every part of the country and the download speeds that can typically be achieved over each platform. A complementary website, MyBroadband, allows people to view results for their local area and provide feedback on the broadband quality and availability ratings.

The Broadband Availability and Quality report has been provided to NBN Co. The company has been asked to consider the findings and prioritise construction work in underserved areas of the country, where is it logistically and commercially feasible to do so.

or high-speed broadband in Australia, and estimates consumer willingness to pay for increased broadband speeds.

The report found that deploying the NBN through a multi-technology mix (MTM) – which involves a combination of fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node, hybrid-fibre coaxial, fixed wireless and satellite technologies – provides net benefits of $18 billion to the community and the economy.

MTM produces these benefits because it can be delivered quicker and at less cost, improving broadband access for Australians who really need it. The report also found that MTM is far more 'future proof' in economic terms: if future demand grows slower than expected, it avoids the high sunk costs of having deployed FTTP. MTM also provides the option of future upgrades to FTTP, once there is sufficient demand to make it worthwhile.

The Cost-Benefit Analysis also drew from the following work:

Contacts

If you would like more information about this program, please contact:

Infrastructure Group
Department of Communications
GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

For more information about the network rollout, please visit the NBN Co's website

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