Networking Investigate

National Broadband Network Living with Fibre to the Premises

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Executive Summary

Many people in Australia are beginning to wonder about the environmental impact that NBN's Fiber To The Premises (FTTP) network will have, both on their local community and their individual homes. In particular, discussion is growing about the possibility of overhead distribution and what it might look like. This is in the context of the Government's announcement that it will introduce "Streamlined arrangements" in order to contain costs and facilitate rapid deployment of the National Broadband Network (NBN). In this paper, the authors will look at how deployment methods used elsewhere might be applied in Australia and what their impacts and advantages might be.

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