The Federal Opposition has clarified its position on the NBN rollout in Tasmania.
Shadow Minister for Broadband Malcolm Turnbull said today on his website that ``all existing contracts'' would be honoured rather than just ``construction contracts there are underway'' as stated in the Liberals' Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania document released yesterday.
Mr Turnbull also said that a reference to completing the broadband rollout by 2019 was the national plan rather than the 2015 date for Tasmana.
The clarification was welcomed by TASICT executive officer, Dean Winter.
``Mr Turnbull's public statement recommits to honouring existing contracts in Tasmania and that is a very good thing,'' he said.
``Tasmania's rollout is the most advanced in the country with contracts in place to roll out Fibre to the Premises (FttP) NBN across the entire state.
``By honouring existing contracts Mr Turnbull is committing to the full FttP NBN rollout in Tasmania.
``It was disappointing that the commitment to honouring all contracts in Tasmania was not articulated in the Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania document,'' Mr Winter said.
``We have requested that this be appropriately clarified or amended.''
THE Liberals appear to have backflipped on NBN commitments that could see parts of the state miss out on super-fast fibre-to-the-home broadband.
Federal Liberal Leader Tony Abbott's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania released yesterday tweaks previous pledges made by communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull.
While Mr Turnbull had previously committed to honouring all NBNCo's contracts in the state, the Liberal plan honours ``all existing construction contracts that are under way''.
Tasmanian ICT chief executive Dean Winter said that minor change could have a major impact in the state.
``If the Coalition's position is to only honour contacts that are already under construction, then thousands of Tasmanian households and businesses would miss out on fibre to the premises NBN and receive the less expensive fibre to the node NBN instead,'' Mr Winter said.
The Liberal plan also pledges to complete the Tasmanian NBN rollout by 2019 - four years later than Labor's proposed end.
``We need to know whether Mr Turnbull's policy remains intact, or if the Economic Growth Plan has overturned his commitment to Tasmania,'' Mr Winter said.