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Government aiming to speed up nbn rollout



The Federal government has recently proposed changes to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities and is calling on local governments, community groups and industry to provide feedback. Telecommunications carriers have powers and immunities which allow them to install and maintain low-impact facilities such as power poles for overhead networks. Proposed changes would extend these rights to nbn™ multi-technology rollout strategy which aims to speed up the rollout of network and reduce the cost.

The protections that currently apply under the telecommunications act such as obligations to notify land owners and occupiers about planned work, minimising damage and restoring sites after work is complete will remain under the proposed amendments.

These proposed changes come after the government also recently signed new construction contracts that it say will speed up the network rollout. Downer, Fulton Hogan, Transfield, Visionstream and WBHO have all agreed to new contracts. These companies will connect premises using fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-building, or fibre-to-the premises technologies.

nbn™ has recently stated that around 1 million premises have been connected to the national broadband network.

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