ON THE WIRE: Mananoa Labor candidate Linda Little.
ON THE WIRE: Mananoa Labor candidate Linda Little. Contributed

Warwick to score free NBN fixes under Labor party plan

A PLAN to deliver a better experience for NBN customers on the Southern Downs will come as part of a Labor Party election promise geared at improving reliability and speeds for up to 6500 fibre to the node households in the Maranoa region.

The plan, announced on Thursday, will see NBNCo work with service providers to improve in-home cabling problems to lift speeds and reliability, at no cost to the end user.

"In-home wiring, which runs between telephone sockets in the home, can cause interference to the signal that reaches the modem," Labor candidate Linda Little said.

In fibre to the node households, this reduces NBN signal quality, which in turn causes dropouts and poorer speed performance.

The issue is estimated to impact up to one in five households on the copper-based fibre to the node network.

NBNCo has completed trials which found addressing problematic cabling improved service stability, reduced dropouts, and increased attainable speeds by an average of 11 megabits per second.

It currently costs $150 for households to have this problem fixed.

But if elected, Labor has promised to provide a technician to fix the issue at no cost.

"Australia is ranked 59th in the world for broadband speeds and their delivery of the NBN is $21.4 billion over budget and four years behind schedule," Mrs Little said.



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