Malcolm Turnbull Really, Really Doesn't Want To Talk About The NBN's HFC Problem

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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?

NBN's HFC Network Is Costing Taxpayers A Whole Lot More Than Anyone Ever Imagined [Updated]

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".

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"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."

The NBN HFC Rollout Delay Could Cost $790 Million, According To NBN's Own Figures

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.

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Turnbull Slammed Over NBN HFC Delay: 'What Have You Been Hiding?'

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.

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NBN HFC Rollout Halted To 'Improve Customer Experience'

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.

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Comments

    I think a David Fincher/Aaron Sorkin project based on this whole saga would make for a great watch ;)

      Makes me really miss John Clarke even more.
      Clarke and Dawe would have done some great stuff with this sordid tail.
      A show in the style of "The Games" but based around NBN instead of the Sydney Olympics would have been pretty good.

        Can't believe that didn't come to mind first, awesome idea, now I wan't this so badly! :(

    what wonderful news and my house is due for this crap

    I don't really mind if they just want to keep delaying it, I quite enjoy my legacy TPG adsl 2 plan

    Turnbull doesn't want to talk about the clearest exemplar of his cowardice and his partie's incompetence? Getouttatown.

    I think malcom is fully aware what an embarassment his plan is/was.

    He just does not want to admit the labor plan (The network itself. The costings and rollout are a different matter for discussion) was better.

    I can only wonder what TA said to Malcom that led him to dream up his nonsense plan.

      You have it the wrong way around.

      This was Turnbull's idea from the get go and he was the one that advised Abbott back in the day.

      People like to imply otherwise but at the end of the day the end of the Labor NBN was all Turnbull's idea and the motivation was so (at least) he would never have to credit Labor for at least having the right idea (Labor's implementation was a train wreck but that's a topic for another day).

    That's ok, I'll just keep using the HFC that Telstra rolled out in my area 15 years ago.

      I just wish they'd give me more than a meagre 2.5mbit upload speed. I asked them if it was possible and they told me no because the NBN is coming soon.

      I checked the NBN's website and it's not even scheduled for my area yet so I'm at least maybe several years away from getting it.

      So I'm stuck with near-useless upload speeds for streaming/Youtube uploading for basically ever.

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