Queensland Government Seeks Alternative Fibre Optic Network as NBN Disappoints

January 9, 2018

After a huge influx of complaints about the incompetent rollout of the National Broadband Network, Queensland has come up with the perfect response: they will build their own NBN.

The NBN rollout has given the public a lot of problems: connection delays and unusable services; you name it. With this, there is no doubt complaints came walking in the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s (TIO) office. Actually, these complaints currently with the ombudsman are more than double in the financial year that ended in June 30, which was from 10,487 to 27,195.

Queensland has had enough with the poor service. Introduced by the newly re-elected Palaszczuk government, it has revealed the move will help regional Queenslanders experience cheaper, more efficient internet. And the good news is this is not the NBN.

In its platform, the Palaszczuk government included “digital inclusion” and making it the highlight of their platform, stating: “Labor supports the formation of community and industry alliances to aggregate demand and funding for networks that extend the reach of the NBN in regional Queensland.”

Adding:”Labor also encourages major telecommunications carriers, electricity transmission providers and road and rail authorities to cooperate in the development of open access fibre optic and wireless communications infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, the state’s Innovation and Tourism Minister Kate Jones gave an update a month ago about the plan, saying the government has started to do research on how much fibre optic cable they will need to use.

“We’ve just started an investigation to see if there’s an opportunity for us to use more than 4000kms of fibre optic cables to open it up to business and Queensland communities,” Ms Jones told Win News.

“For too long, the NBN has become a bit of a joke here in Queensland. So many people in regional Queensland just can’t get the internet connectivity they need.

“So what we’ve just announced is that we’re going to start a new project where we’re going to look at a way to commercialise or open up more than 4000kms of fibre optic cable that’s owned by government corporations and open that up to the public so we can get faster internet speeds across Queensland,” she said.

This is just a step of a big plan. Australians have been clinging on to incompetent service and poor service for a long time. This should be the time we stand up and fight more for what is right—to get what we are paying for.