PATCHY SERVICE: The use of copper delivers poor speeds to customers of the NBN.
PATCHY SERVICE: The use of copper delivers poor speeds to customers of the NBN. Chris Higgins

Wires crossed in NBN rollout

IN THE closing months of their term in office in 2013, the Labor Party introduced high-speed broadband into Australian communities.

It was a very big, radical change delivering faster internet services for everybody but it had a downside and that was its enormous upfront costs.

The Liberal Government was elected in late 2013 and when Tony Abbott became prime minister, one of his first tasks was to appoint Malcolm Turnbull as communications minister.

Turnbull really objected to the high cost of the NBN and soon set about restructuring and redesigning it to make it more cost effective.

The only problem was he did not know what he was doing and after a lot of wasted effort ended up with an internet process that was still very costly, extremely slow, did not work properly and was continually breaking down.

All of his problems were created when he tried to mix the new fibre network with the outdated copper wire system to save money.

The cost of implementing Turnbull's NBN has bypassed the cost of the original Labor Party plan which he rejected as too costly.

When is it all going to end?

DOUGLAS YOUNG

Silkstone