Question Time was a fun time for our country's democratically appointed leader yesterday, he got to talk about his favourite thing - the NBN! More specifically, the absolute clusterf*&# that is the NBN's HFC network.
So does the NBN plan to dump parts of the HFC network? Um, we still don't know. But we do know what HFC stands for, again, - thanks, Malcolm Turnbull?
Late last year NBN announced an immediate halt to any new Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial connections while it worked on "improving the service for existing customers", a move which was tipped to cost taxpayers between $420 to $790 million, according to NBN's own figures.
Today, NBN's half yearly result showed an increase of $450 million in costs to the HFC network - an increase that Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland says isn't even including the costs of the "halt".
"HFC stands for Hybrid Fibre Coax, and the coaxial cable is made out of copper."
That was Turnbull's response to the query about the future of the HFC network.
Not an opening statement, not an explainer that went on the provide more detail. The whole answer.
I mean, I know politicians are notorious at dodging questions but this is a whole other level.
In regards to the PM's lack of info on the topic, Shadow Minister For Communications, Michelle Rowland, says "There is no escaping the fact the over-budget and underperforming HFC rollout is letting Australians down."
"It has been 120 days since the HFC rollout halt was announced. Australians impacted by the unexpected delays deserve greater transparency about what comes next."
Yesterday it was announced that NBN was putting an immediate halt to any new HFC connections while it makes "crucial upgrades" for existing customers. An analysis of the 2016 NBN Corporate Plan, approved by the NBN board and signed off by Shareholder Ministers, shows the cost of this action could cost taxpayers between $420 to $790 million.
The Shadow Minister for Communications has asked Malcolm Turnbull the question many have been thinking. "What are you hiding from the Australian people about the HFC network? What have you been hiding?"
The question comes following the announcement from NBN HFC rollout has been "paused" - effective immediately - while work is carried out on existing connections.
NBN just announced a whole bunch of new initiatives it hopes will "raise the standard of service quality" to the Hybrid Coaxial-Fibre part of the network. To do so, new connections have been halted, effective immediately.
If you are in an area set to get HFC, and haven't already - this means you're going to be waiting at least six months longer for your NBN.