Senate debates

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Questions without Notice

Broadband

3:01 pm

Photo of Mitch FifieldMitch Fifield (Victoria, Liberal Party, Manager of Government Business in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

Mr President, as you know, we have not taken Senator Conroy's theological approach to the NBN. We have taken a technology-agnostic approach, which means that we pursue what is known as a multi-technology mix of whatever is the technology that will see NBN rolled out fastest and at lowest cost.

Mr President, I know you will be interested in something recently from The Wall Street Journal. It recorded that Google's high-speed web arm, Google Fiber, which has been rolling out an all-fibre network in 12 cities across the US, is planning to cut its staff in half and turn its attention from fibre to wireless technologies. The journal reported that Google's parent company, Alphabet, is rethinking its high-speed internet business after initial rollouts of fibre proved to be too expensive, and digging up people's front yards—(Time expired)

Senator Conroy interjecting—

Senator O'Neill interjecting—

Comments

Charlie Schroeder
Posted on 1 Sep 2016 1:58 pm (Report this comment)

This NBN is however, not the fastest broadband service, and the Sky Muster satellite service has had so many outages that people in rural areas are wondering if they should not have stayed with the ABG and the old NBN service.

The Minister has had letters complaining about the satellite outages and lack of speed, but he has deigned not to answer.

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