Dear NBN Co Limited,
Can you please advise the cost to run FTTP and the cost to run FTTN and why you have to run new copper cable from the NODE
Thank you for your attached email, seeking access to information under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).
Request to clarify
Under the FOI Act, members of the public have a general right of access to
specific documents, subject to certain exemptions. Particularly, under
section 15(2) of the FOI Act, a valid FOI request must provide such
information concerning the requested document as is reasonably necessary
to enable nbn to identify it.
You have not requested a specific document, but rather ‘the cost to run
FTTP and the cost to run FTTN and why you have to run new copper cable
from the NODE’. In this regard, it is unclear exactly what specific
document/s you are seeking. As a starting point, it would assist if you
would please clarify whether you are referring to a specific node or costs
on average between FTTN vs. FTTP.
I’d be happy to discuss how to best clarify the scope of the request, so
please feel free to call me (02) 9927 4118 if you like.
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reviewed any relevant documents, there is a possibility that documents
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