Dear NBN Co Limited,

I refer to the following two media releases:
- https://www.nbnco.com.au/corporate-infor...
- https://www.nbnco.com.au/corporate-infor...

As the media statements appear to not provide any reasoning as to why these areas are selected, I am requesting the following information under the FOI act:

1. Any statement, documentation, or internal correspondence that that would show the following:
1.1: Explanations, reasons or rational as to why the areas mentioned in the media releases have been selected as locations where the fibre network is to be extended.
1.2: Any areas that were considered but ruled out, and the rational behind this.
2. The split in technology types within the areas for both 1.1 and 1.2
3. If any parties external to NBN have been consulted on the areas selected in both 1.1 and 1.2

Yours faithfully,
ST

Rohan Singh, NBN Co Limited

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Dear ST

Please see attached correspondence.

Regards

Rohan Singh
Senior Legal Counsel │ FOI
Strategic Services │ Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering & Operations Legal Team
T 02 9031 3022 | E [email address]
Level 13/100 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

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Dear Rohan Singh,

Thank you for your reply.

You said: "It is uncertain whether by this wording you are seeking all documents that show the information requested, a single document, or documents from each or a number of different category types. Alternatively, are you seeking the information or data referenced only, rather than documentation as such."

Apologies if I was not clear enough. I am seeking information or data which would reveal what decisions lead NBN to select a specific area. As an example - from the first media release - it notes that Osborne in South Australia is one of these locations. I would expect this area was chosen due to a variety of reasons - proximity to the existing LFN, takeup of NBN plans by users, prior TCP (Technology Choice Program) applicants, or any other technical decisions - or even external factors that may have influenced the areas selected.

One would assume the areas would have to have been authorised by senior individuals, and based off the back of that, that this information would have had to been summarized and presented to them as options to select. Given this assumption, I would expect a decision within 30 days of receipt of this reply.

Please let me know if that assists with clarifying my request, and if not, what would be required to further assist.

Yours sincerely,
ST

Rohan Singh, NBN Co Limited

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Dear ST

 

Thank you for your email. 

 

You indicate that you are seeking “information or data which would reveal
what decisions lead NBN to select a specific area”.  You reference
Osborne, South Australia as an example, but is this the specific area for
which you seek the relevant information or data?  Alternatively, are you
now seeking a list of the criteria that nbn uses as a starting point to
take into account when selecting an area in each case?

 

Could you please clarify this.  I’d otherwise be happy to discuss your
request with you and please feel free to contact me on my number below. 
I’d be happy to call you if that would be more convenient as a discussion
would likely save time in this case.  I am generally available this
afternoon and tomorrow morning. 

Please note that, as set out in my letter dated 26 February 2021, there is
a distinct possibility that documents falling within the terms of your
request may be subject to nbn’s commercial activities carve-out and would
accordingly be exempt from release.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Regards

 

Rohan Singh

Senior Legal Counsel │ FOI

Strategic Services │ Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering &
Operations Legal Team

T 02 9031 3022 | E [1][email address]

Level 13/100 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

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Dear Rohan Singh,

Thank you for your reply. I apologise but I am generally unable to call during business hours.

I am seeking a list of the criteria that nbn uses to take into account which has made them select all of these areas that ultimately ended up selected.

I hope that clarifies things.

Yours sincerely,
ST

Rohan Singh, NBN Co Limited

Dear ST - thank you for your email. I will revert to you in due course.

Regards

Rohan Singh
Senior Legal Counsel │ FOI
Strategic Services │ Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering & Operations Legal Team
T 02 9031 3022 | E [email address]
Level 13/100 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

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Dear ST

Please see attached correspondence.

Regards

Rohan Singh
Senior Legal Counsel │ FOI
Strategic Services │ Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering & Operations Legal Team
T 02 9031 3022 | E [email address]
Level 13/100 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

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Dear Rohan Singh,

I hope you are well.

I am requesting that the fee be waived on the basis of the request being in the general public interest. There is considerable interest in being able to subscribe to higher speed plans from users who are on copper based technology - primarily FTTN.

As a result, numerous threads on Whirlpool (an online technology forum) have been viewed by over
18,300 unique users with many discussing the upgrades and theorising the logic. In addition, media have been reporting on the areas (e.g. https://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-na...). Given this large interest, it is clear that both users of Whirlpool, the media and overall the general public would be interested to see the decisions that were made to choose these areas, hence my request for the fee to be waived.

Yours sincerely,
ST

Rohan Singh, NBN Co Limited

Dear ST

Thank you for your email. I will respond in due course regarding your fee waiver request.

Regards

Rohan Singh
Senior Legal Counsel │ FOI
Strategic Services │ Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering & Operations Legal Team
T 02 9031 3022 | E [email address]
Level 13/100 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

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Dear ST

 

Please see attached charges decision.

 

Regards

 

Rohan Singh

Senior Legal Counsel │ FOI

Strategic Services │ Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering &
Operations Legal Team

T 02 9031 3022 | E [1][email address]

Level 13/100 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

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Dear ST

 

Please see attached correspondence.

 

Regards

 

Rohan Singh

Senior Legal Counsel │ FOI

Strategic Services │ Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering &
Operations Legal Team

T 02 9031 3022 | E [1][email address]

Level 13/100 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

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