Government details National Broadband Network

The Federal Government has released the details of its proposed ‘National Broadband Network', requesting comments from interested parties.

The Federal Government has released the details of its proposed ‘National Broadband Network', with a request for comments from interested parties.

The details on the network came in the form of a Request for Proposals (RFP), which the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy released on Friday.

“This is a major step towards delivering on the Government’s election commitment to enable world-class, high-speed broadband for all Australians,” Conroy said.

According to the RFP document, the network will offer download speeds of 12 Mb/s to 98% of homes and businesses. Implementation will be undertaken over five years and will use fibre-to-the-node or fibre-to-the-premises technology.

The deadline for public comment is set at 3.00pm AEST, 25 July  2008.

“The Government encourages interested parties to come forward with innovative proposals,” Conroy said.

“These will be assessed by the Panel of Experts announced on 11 March 2008, who will then provide their recommendation to Government so that by the end of year the Government can announce the successful proponent and the new network build can then commence.”

The RFP document is available for viewing at www.tenders.gov.au.

Details on how to make a submission can be obtained at www.dbcde.gov.au/nationalbroadbandnetwork.

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