From Australia to China, people across the globe are looking for affordable, high-speed internet.
The big question is, will it be affordable?
The Federal Government is pushing for more affordable internet in Australia, while the NBN Co says it is a priority for the Government.
The Government says its $4 billion fibre-to-the-premises network is on track to provide 1.7 gigabytes per second of download speed and up to 10 terabytes of upload speed.
But it has faced stiff opposition from the Coalition and the opposition Labor Party, who say the NBN’s rollout will be slower than the Coalition’s, which has said it will deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second.
The NBN Co is already building its own infrastructure in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania to build on its $13 billion fibre network.
But those projects are under construction in Melbourne, which is not covered by the NBN.
“We are very confident we can get these networks built in a way that is affordable to the Australian public,” Mr Abbott said in Melbourne on Monday.
“If we can build a network that works and is safe, then we are ready to build a much better network.”
The Government is also working to bring the NBN into the homes of some Australians who have been without broadband access for decades.
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a new set of guidelines for the NBN to help build out its network, which are expected to be rolled out by December.
It outlines that people who do not have a home broadband connection can apply for a “home broadband allowance” that will allow them to get access to the NBN through their property.
It also allows for NBN Co to use a home connection as part of its network and the Government is working with NBN Co on how to make that easier.
“The Government has been making it clear that its fibre-optic network is a very important part of the national broadband network,” Mr Andrews said.
“There are other technologies in use around the world that we will be working with them and they will be able to access the NBN in their homes.”
But the Federal Government says the NBN is an important part in the national network and that it is the responsibility of the individual to get a connection.
“In terms of the NBN, the Government has always said that we should work with the private sector to ensure that they can provide the service they want,” Mr Anderson said.
Mr Andrews says he has already signed agreements with companies like Amazon to offer the NBN service, and is confident that other companies will follow suit.
“Amazon has made a commitment to provide fibre to the home,” Mr Alexander said.
But the Labor Party is calling for more competition and for the Federal government to allow more people to connect to the network.
“That is a good thing, and it is good that the Government and NBN Co are continuing to work together,” Mr Hunt said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating the Federal Communications Council (FCC)’s decision to block NBN Co’s plans to build its own network in Victoria.
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