It was one of the most hotly debated topics in the past election. It divided parties, households and generations. Yet, with so much debate over the Labor Party’s National Broadband Network (NBN) scheme, why is there still so much confusion and ambiguity?
YOURLifeChoices will clear up any questions you may have, with our comprehensive introduction to the NBN. Taking you through the What, Why, How and all other relevant questions, after reading this you will be informed and ready to start speeding down the information superhighway at breakneck pace.
What is the NBN?
The NBN is a government initiative to construct a ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) network throughout Australia. To achieve this, the Labor Party has created the ‘National Broadband Network Co Ltd’, a government business enterprise, to build an ‘Open Access Network’ which will eventually provide Australian households and businesses with download speeds of up to 1000 megabits per second supplied to up to 93% of businesses and homes. The NBN rollout will go down in history as the largest single infrastructure investment in Australia’s history.
Why is the government bringing in a Broadband Network?
There are many reasons for the introduction of the NBN. Primarily the world is moving at a very fast past, and considering Australia is incredibly isolated, it is important that we use every advantage to stay connected to the outside world. Many other countries have benefited from the introduction of technological infrastructure, and there is every reason to believe that Australia will too.
With the speed of technological innovation, most of Australia is working with internet systems that are simply archaic and redundant. To implement an all encompassing broadband network would not only move Australia into the 21st century and drastically increase productivity, but benefit business, families, education, and health, as well as helping to generate an extra $2 billion a year for our economy.