Fibre rollout: Plans revealed 'in weeks'

Fibre rollout: Plans revealed 'in weeks'

Summary: With the expert taskforce on Australia's fibre-to-the-node rollout newly convened, the government has now set out the rules on how the group must make their decision.Under the new guidelines, the taskforce will have to determine the timetable for the fibre-to-the-node deployment, which will provide Australia with high speed broadband in urban areas.

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With the expert taskforce on Australia's fibre-to-the-node rollout newly convened, the government has now set out the rules on how the group must make their decision.

Under the new guidelines, the taskforce will have to determine the timetable for the fibre-to-the-node deployment, which will provide Australia with high speed broadband in urban areas. Both Telstra and the Optus-led G9 consortium are hoping to win the bid.

The taskforce will also be responsible for deciding the scalability, coverage, cost, speeds and minimum service standards that would-be providers must meet. As well as deciding the guiding principles behind the rollout, the panel will need to assess how well the submitted bids meet the criteria.

The panel will also decide whether the company chosen to run the network will receive any compensation for coverage of rural areas where it might make a loss on provisioning the network as well as regulating the duplication of networks and any appropriate reparation.

The group will also need to consult with the public before producing final guidelines, the government has decided, with at three weeks given over to the consultation.

In producing their draft guidelines, the group will need to consider the rights of broadband users to get high speed broadband, the rights of providers to make money on the rollout and the government's belief that such infrastructure should be funded by the private sector, the government said.

According to Communications Minister Helen Coonan, the committee has already convened regularly and should be producing its draft guidelines in several weeks' time.

"Following an open and transparent examination, the government will legislate to ensure the nation is getting a top class service which is affordable" and complements other aspects of the government's broadband planning, she said in a recent statement.

Topics: Telcos, Broadband, Government, Government AU, Optus, Telstra

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  • Time to decide.

    How marvellous that Senator Coonan is determined to get things moving to give Australian people the Fast Fibre they demand.
    The result and decision must be made before the coming federal election to allow those concerned time to decide who they will cast their vote for.
    anonymous
  • Corporate Whore

    Why don't you crawl back to your hole that is the Telstra propaganda site, you worthless shill.
    anonymous
  • Ohhhh Ho ho ho ho.....

    Coonan? Coonan - Leeme see isn't that a kids show and she is the dopey gangsters moll, who hangs onto the phone line.. while her spiteful vigilantie crime boss Johnny "Capone" Howard, goes and murders lots of people to steal their crude, oil that is, with the Texas Twit.

    Hmmm how come it's not all fiber to the house?

    Or has Coonan and Co, greased the palms of Telstra again? So we can get robbed blind even more?

    Has Burgess has his fat gut in the trough again?

    Or is Johnny "Capone" Howard pimping his whores in new and interesting ways?
    anonymous
  • Fair go for all.

    Anonymous... can't you see that you are the very type of person who will eventually cause your own downfall. Do you not have the fortitude to reveal your own identity or believe in the democracy of free speech.
    anonymous
  • do a bit of research

    I believe Telstra should build the network. it's a matter of time before people realise that an optus-led consotium will eed to build new infrastructure or else piggyback off the Telstra one. having Telstra build the network is cheaper and also more sensible.

    As for Fibre to the home, you would have to rip up roads to put them in - I don't think it's very feasible. Faster, sure, but more expensive and not economically viable.
    anonymous
  • RE: Do a bit of research

    I hate to think the Australian internet will be handed back to Telstra. Their monopolistic and extreme financial profiteering behaviour have led to the horrible state of Australia's broadband. Sure it may work out cheaper now, but down the track we will once again be held hostage by Telstra. At least with the G9, it will create healthy competition from the get go.
    anonymous