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The Australian Government has introduced a legislation today to ensure that new homes were connected with the infrastructure to deliver superfast broadband.Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy said that the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Bill provides the legislative framework for having superfast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure installed in new developments across Australia.

The Bill introduced today amends the Telecommunications Act 1997 to provide a legislative framework for the installation of optical fibre and fibre-ready telecommunications infrastructure. The framework also allows the Minister to set out, in subordinate legislation, which kinds of developments need to have optical fibre installed and which ones need to be made fibre-ready.

“Our legislation takes a sensible, targeted and measured approach to the implementation of this policy. It allows us to target those estates where it is possible to have fibre now, while ensuring others have fibre-ready infrastructure installed so it is easier and cheaper to connect them later,” said Senator Conroy.

“It doesn’t make sense for new houses to be fitted with old copper technology, particularly when it is easier to put fibre or fibre-ready technology in when homes are first built. High speed broadband is becoming a critical utility service like water, electricity and gas,” added Conroy.

“We want to see people in new estates getting access to superfast broadband as soon as possible,” concluded Conroy.

The Bill and associated documents are available at:
http://www.dbcde.gov.au/broadband/national_broadband_network/fibre in new developments

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