NBN analysis finds Coalition’s scheme more cost-effective

NBN analysis finds Coalition’s scheme more cost-effective

The first cost-benefit analysis of the Australia’s National Broadband Network has ruled the Coalition’s fibre to the node scheme is largely more affordable, and will provide adequate internet speed.

The analysis was commissioned by the Abbott government, and has been carried out by former public servant Michael Vertigan and well known Labor NBN critic, Henry Ergas.

The report has found the Coalition’s multi-technology mix will deliver a net economic boost of $18 billion dollars, compared to just $2 billion, if Labor’s fibre to the premise scheme had gone ahead.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed the report, saying it proves the Coalition’s scheme is adequate, and vastly more affordable.

But the Federal Opposition’s Communications Spokesperson Jason Clare says the analysis has been carried out my friends of the government, and well-known critics of Labor.

He says Mr Turnbull has gone back on his promise for a truly independent cost-benefit analysis, and the findings lack legitimacy.

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