1 September 2020

The NBN is still failing to deliver minimum speeds of 25 megabits per second to an estimated 27,014 Victorian households and businesses connected through Fibre to the Node.

A response to a Labor Question on Notice revealed 139,963 Australian households and businesses connected through Fibre to the Node aren’t reaching minimum speeds.

This is despite a Liberal-National Party promise that everyone would “have access to broadband with a data rate of between 25 and 100 megabits per second by late 2016”.

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Why is a $51 billion network — that is $21.5 billion over budget and four years behind schedule — still not delivering minimum speeds?

It is both a requirement of law and the current NBN Statement of Expectations that all Australians have access to minimum broadband speeds of 25 megabits per second.

Yet here we are in 2020 and many Victorians on copper NBN infrastructure are still not receiving the most basic broadband capability that was promised.

The ongoing lack of transparency is incredibly frustrating for impacted consumers and businesses. Minister Fletcher should set out a clear timetable for delivering what Victorians have been promised and rule out shifting copper households onto the NBN satellite service.