A Federal Government committee looking into the National Broadband Network has recommended that NBN Co connect as many premises as possible with its fibre-to-the-curb (FttC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) networks.

A joint standing committee on the NBN rollout made 23 recommendations. Among them, it recommends that the Australian Government direct NBN Co to complete as much as possible of the remaining fixed-line network using FttC.

It also recommends that the Government direct NBN Co to establish a regional support group for its rollout, following concerns that the “technically inferior” satellite service and “lower-grade” NBN services should only be a “last resort”.

Under NBN Co’s current corporate plan, just 1.9 million premises will be served by FttP and 1 million by FttC, while 4.6 million will have fibre to the node (FttN) or fibre to the basement (FttB), 3.1 million will have hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), and 1 million will have satellite or fixed-wireless.