Parkes residents want govt. to retain FTTP model for NBN

Parkes constituents have delivered a petition containing more than 270,000 signatures urging the Coalition government to retain the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) model for the ambitious National Broadband Network (NBN).

The petition, which was initiated on the weekend of the Federal election by Queensland student Nick Paine, was hosted by Australia's change. org platform. It triggered the creation of FTTP supporter groups across the country.

Allison Reynolds, a spokesperson for Save the NBN-Day of Action for the Parkes voters, said that adopting the FTTN model to deliver internet service to Parkes households and businesses was a backwards step.

Speaking on the topic, Reynolds said, "There has been a clear indication to the current government from day one that Australia wants a fast internet service that will last into the future. Fast, reliable internet is the way of the future and Parkes deserves the best NBN service possible"

Australia's new Abbott-led coalition government has plans replace the previous government's FTTP model for the NBN with the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN). While the government is of the opinion that adopting the FTTN model would help slash costs and save money, experts and residents argue that this model would be of little help as it would depend on Telstra's ageing copper network, which can not provide fast, reliable internet services to homes and businesses.

A recently leaked document NBN Co also cautioned that the Coalition government would not be able to achieve its set target of delivering 25 megabits per second (MBPS) broadband services to all houses and businesses by 2016.