The company today released the names of the 419 cities, suburbs and towns covering 1.9 million homes and businesses in line for the NBN by June 2016.
The former ALP Government had promised to connect 4.8 million premises by the same date in its last construction plan.
NBN Co declined to comment directly on why it had so dramatically reduced its targets.
The 1.9 million premises named today were touted by NBN Co as “new builds”, but the majority of the listed suburbs had already been slated to receive the NBN by June 2016 under the previous construction plan.
According to the new plan, in 18 months’ time NBN Co will have commenced rollouts in 81 “new” areas in Queensland, 44 areas in Tasmania, 112 NSW regions, 7 areas in the Northern Territory, 42 South Australian regions, 48 West Australian regions and 81 Victorian suburbs and towns.
But of the 81 regions announced today in Queensland, only 28 are new – as are only 38 of the 112 listed NSW locations.