National broadband network
The national broadband network (nbn) will give all Australians access to very fast broadband using a mix of technologies.
Who can get broadband now?
It depends where you live. Some people can access a fixed-line network (copper wire or cable), some people can access wireless networks, and some will need to use the nbn satellite:
- nbn Check your address—find out if the nbn is available at your home or business.
- nbn satellite service—for satellite options.
Reviewing the nbn and industry regulatory arrangements
The Australian Government plans to give all Australians access to high-speed broadband. Reviews of the nbn have suggested how it could be done better and the appropriate regulatory framework to promote competition.
The Australian Government commissioned the Vertigan review (led by Dr Michael Vertigan AC) which provided three separate reports in 2014.
- NBN market and regulation report
- Independent cost benefit analysis of broadband
- Statutory review of part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010
The Australian Government's response to the Vertigan review was released in December 2014.
The Australian Government examined the nbn project as a whole via a strategic review of nbn and investigated the state of broadband availability and quality across the country to help guide the nbn rollout.
- NBN Co strategic review
- Broadband availability and quality: summary report
- Broadband availability and quality: full report
The Australian Government also examined the public policy processes that led to the nbn project commencing.
Senate Select Committee on the national broadband network
The Senate established a Select Committee on the national broadband network to inquire into and report on the government's reviews and governance of NBN Co Limited. The Committee tabled a second interim report on 19 March 2015 making five recommendations.
The Australian Government responded on 19 June 2015.
- Australian Government response to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network—second interim report
No double up—the adequately served policy
Some parts of Australia already have fibre networks with high-speed broadband services. The Minister granted some of these networks 'adequately served' status.
The Australian Government has decided that nbn should not build another fibre network over the top of any existing adequately served networks in residential areas. The only exception will be if it's too expensive or too hard to go around or past an existing network rather than just build over it.
There are 45 networks in residential estates that the Minister has granted adequately served status. The four carriers supplying these areas agreed to be the 'infrastructure provider of last resort': they must offer a connection to all premises in the nominated network areas on either a wholesale or retail basis. Households can still choose their own retail service provider. Providers can no longer apply for adequately served status.
- Adequately served policy (April 2012)
- Opticomm Pty Ltd carrier licence conditions declaration
- Pivit Pty Ltd carrier licence conditions declaration
- Places Victoria Pty Ltd carrier licence conditions declaration
- NT Technology Services carrier licence conditions declaration
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601
Email: nationalbroadbandnetwork [at] communications.gov.au