Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate NBN ranks as one of his most humiliating stuff-ups in his first year of office.
After talking up a big game on broadband delivery, the man who supposedly invented the internet has left Australians bitterly disappointed.
Turnbull promised Australians that the NBN would be delivered in 2016. The most recent Corporate Plan confirms the timeframe has blown out to 2020.
It will only be by June next year that nearly half of Australia will even be able to order a service.
Turnbull promised the maximum funding of his second-rate NBN would be $29.5 billion. The cost has nearly doubled and blown out to $54 billion.
Turnbull promised Australians faster broadband, but on his watch Australia’s internet speeds dropped to from 30th to 60th in the world.
The Corporate Plan has also revealed that more people will now be on his slower, copper reliant fibre-to-the-node option rather than HFC.
Malcolm Turnbull is not the Prime Minister he promised he would be and is not delivering the NBN he promised he would.
Turnbull is now left spruiking Labor’s NBN satellites and happily claims credit for them, despite previously labelling them a “Rolls Royce solution” and “wasteful spending”.
His incompetence is not limited to the NBN.
Turnbull’s mismanagement of the Mobile Black Spot Programme has been disastrous. A damning Audit Office report found that it hasn’t delivered valued for money with $28 million being spent on mobile base stations that barely benefit consumers.
Over the last 12 months he has continued to neglect rural and regional communities on the wrong side of the growing digital divide. The Coalition remains committed to a record roll-out of copper and a plan to abolish Universal Wholesale Pricing. These are policies that will particularly hurt households and businesses outside our major cities.
It’s clear Malcolm Turnbull is incapable of delivering on his promises. The lived experience of consumers and their disappointment speaks for itself.
WEDNESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2016