Tasmanian opt-out model adopted for national NBN roll-out Fri 10 August 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Tasmania's pioneering approach to the roll-out of the National Broadband Network is set to be taken up around the country. The Premier, Lara Giddings, welcomed the decision of NBN Co to require households and businesses which didn't want to be connected to the network to "opt-out." Tasmania was the first state to adopt the opt-out model, which means optic fibre will be laid to all homes and businesses at no cost to residents, unless they advise otherwise. "The opt-out model will be used in the current and final stage of the roll-out in Tasmania and we expect that it will assist with the take-up of this revolutionary new technology. "I note that Liberal Premiers interstate have indicated their opposition to opt-out provisions. I would urge them to cease their politically motivated opposition to this nation-building reform and embrace the opportunities that a broad take-up of the NBN will provide." Ms Giddings said Tasmania was determined to make the most of its first-mover advantage. "By 2015 all Tasmanian households and businesses will have access to either optic fibre of high speed wireless - a full five years before the rest of the country. "The $300 million contract for the final stage of the roll-out will see the creation of up to 800 new jobs in the construction phase, not to mention the broader economic opportunities that will be created."