Media Release: 29th May 2009

The Rudd Government is paving the way for new housing and business estates to receive super-fast broadband from mid-2010.

“The Government wants to ensure that more new property estates are serviced by super-fast broadband,” the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said.

“Super-fast broadband will revolutionise the way we do business and live our lives. It makes sense that our latest property developments are equipped with the latest broadband technology.”

“Forward-thinking property developers are already moving to provide the very latest technology and avoid costly retro-fitting as fibre broadband becomes the standard.”

“We want to engage with the industry and stakeholders in an open consultation on the best ways to address greenfield broadband rollouts.”

The Rudd Government has opened a consultation on proposals to ensure that FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) technology is installed in all new substantial greenfield property developments from 1 July 2010.

The commitment to FTTP in new greenfield estates was announced in April as part of the National Broadband Network. FTTP delivers broadband services with speeds up to 100 megabits per second - 100 times faster than those currently used by many households and businesses.

“There is evidence that the installation of Fibre-to-the-Premises technology increases the value of homes in greenfield estates. In the US, a Fibre-to-the-Home Council survey found that a direct fibre connection adds more than US$5000 to the value of a home.”

“It is counter-productive to have our newest homes and businesses not using the most advanced broadband technology. This practice will lead to higher costs when copper wires need to be replaced by fibre.”

A number of local governments around Australia are already using their planning powers to encourage the rollout of FTTP in new greenfield estates. The Rudd Government wants to support these initiatives and make sure this best practice approach is replicated nationwide.

The Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders on its proposed approach to this issue by 12 June 2009. A consultation paper is available online:


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