National Broadband Network
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.
The Government's aim is that all households and businesses should have access to broadband with download data rates of between 25 and 100 megabits per second (Mbps) by the end of 2016. By the end of 2019 the Government expects the NBN to be complete and download data rates between 50 and 100 Mbps to be available to at least eight out of ten Australians.
Interim Statement of Expectations
The Government has issued NBN Co with an interim Statement of Expectations. This statement will guide NBN Co's construction and operational activities while a series of reviews of the NBN project are carried out.
Review of NBN Policy
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 will be undertaken by the new NBN Co Board and is expected to report to Government on 2 December 2013. Further information on the conduct and timing of the other reviews will be provided as decisions are announced by Government.
Broadband quality project
The Government is working with NBN Co and private carriers to compile a ranking of broadband quality and availability in all areas of Australia to be provided to the Parliament by 23 December 2013. The ranking will be published for comment and will guide prioritisation of the rollout.
The Department has archived the previous website www.nbn.gov.au, and this is available at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/123103.