Coalition defends plan

The federal opposition has rejected suggestions that Telstra has it over a barrel because it needs the telco's copper wires for its alternative national broadband network. The Coalition released its NBN policy last week, promising to deliver a cheaper version than Labor's $37.4 billion fibre optic network, but with slower internet download speeds.

The federal opposition has rejected suggestions that Telstra has it over a barrel because it needs the telco's copper wires for its alternative national broadband network. The Coalition released its NBN policy last week, promising to deliver a cheaper version than Labor's $37.4 billion fibre optic network, but with slower internet download speeds.