The Labor preference for FTTC over FTTN is actually something they have in the past openly stated:
From Michelle Rowland MP’s “SPEECH - COMMSDAY SUMMIT - SYDNEY - 11 APRIL, 2017”
"National Broadband Network
Since 2009, Labor has been committed to a fibre-to-the-premises NBN. Today, our commitment to a fibre-to-the-premises NBN remains unchanged.
From a technology perspective, there is no doubt that fibre is superior in terms of speed, reliability and scalability.
For this reason, the NBN debate has focused on the question of how much Australia should invest in exchange for the digital capabilities we need:
•Should we invest in a cheaper technology now and hope we will not have to incur greater costs to upgrade in the future?
•Or should we invest in better technology now and trust this is a prudent economic decision for the long-term?
I acknowledge all those here today for the contributions you have made to this debate.
The irony is the passage of time has made the debate around the trade-offs somewhat a moot point in the eyes of the public.
Just look at the results.
If someone had told you back in 2008 that Australia would spend $50 billion on an upgraded copper and HFC network, slipping outside the top 50 in the world for broadband speed rankings, you would have fallen off your chair
Unfortunately the NBN that is being rolled out is not cheaper or faster. It’s slower, less reliable, and ultimately more expensive.
You don’t have to take it from me. Maurice Newman, not the world’s greatest Labor supporter, says thus:
“He [Turnbull] recommended the model be fundamentally changed from fibre-to-the-premises, to a multi-technology-mix network based on copper. It was a fateful decision rooted in politics.
Turnbull ignored New Zealand’s experience of falling costs for FTTP connection. He dismissed expert opinion that claimed FTTP was operationally cheaper and generated more average income.
Instead, he went for immediate popularity by promoting a dubiously cheaper, faster rollout…
Turnbull’s decision has saddled Australia with a second-rate network…
Its relative inadequacy will become increasingly obvious over time.”
As the financial basis for the multi-technology-mix eroded, the government did not seek to defend its policy. Instead, their strategy boiled down to one objective: keep moving the goalposts to make a fibre NBN seem as unrealistic as possible.
In the end, this didn’t fool the public.
Soaring consumer complaints and the sentiment of lost opportunity is palpable wherever you go.
As I have noted, current CVC price signals are at odds with the inflated cost base and deflated capabilities of the multi-technology-mix.
As I have detailed, this is no longer an abstract debate because consumers and small businesses are living the consequences.
If you require a demonstration of just how difficult the outlook is for copper, look no further than the somewhat odd commentary by NBN Co about how their FTTN nodes can be repurposed as “extremely valuable assets” once rendered redundant.
The tacit admissions of failure are now becoming more explicit.
During Senate Estimates hearings in February NBN Co conceded there is no capital set aside in the current 30-year NBN business case to upgrade the copper network.
This unfortunately demonstrates the already low 3.4 per cent internal rate of return in the 2017 Corporate Plan is based on FTTN being used to 2040 and beyond.
International experience tells us that an FTTN network produces three times as many faults as a fibre network.
The head of NBN Co has also conceded that of the seven technology footprints, FTTN is the most exposed to the threat of competition from 4G and 5G wireless. 
So not only is FTTN a liability to customers in the copper footprint, it is a liability to Australian taxpayers.
In exchange for an upgrade from copper to fibre, households and small businesses will be asked to pay higher prices.
You will recall it was Malcolm Turnbull who said that only half the capital invested in an FTTN deployment could be carried through to a fibre upgrade. This does not even account for the costs to consumers and RSPs who would have to endure another challenging migration.
The critical point here is the government’s approach will require customers or taxpayers to pay for billions in wasted upgrade costs that could have been avoided if the right technology choices were made at the outset.
That is unless you take the view that copper will meet the nation’s needs for the decades to come. It is clear the majority of experts do not share this sentiment, and neither does the Australian public.
As I’ve emphasised, when political and policy direction is lacking, important initiatives lose coherence. Things may appear to make sense in isolation, but they do not join-up to the whole. The multi-technology-mix is a case in point:
•Short term thinking.
•Complexity and fragmentation.
•A pricing design no longer matched to the capabilities of the network.
•Consumer discontent absorbing the energy of policy makers, when more of that energy could be directed at using the digital economy to support a vision for a more creative, productive and inclusive nation.
This inevitably leads to the question: where to from here?
From the outset we need to be realistic about the options before us.
A Labor election win in 2013 or 2016 would have resulted in a broader set of reform options, of a network closer to the original intent and design.
However, from 2018 or 2019, the next time Labor could form Government, the constraints on a new policy direction are considerable.
From Opposition, our task is to both limit the damage by this Government, and call for action to improve the technology-mix where there remains practical scope to do so.
Labor took a robust policy to the 2016 election to scale up the rollout of fibre to the premises and phase out the rollout of fibre to the node.
This would have delivered FTTP to up to 2 million homes and business that would otherwise be stuck on fibre-to-the-node.
But since the election we have seen the Government scale up its flawed rollout of the copper network, making it harder and more expensive for households and businesses to upgrade to fibre.
Information provided by NBN Co at Senate Estimates indicates there are a modest segment of premises scheduled to be connected with FTTN that have not yet entered into an NBN design or construction pipeline.
If Labor was elected last year, these homes and small businesses would have been connected to fibre to the premise.
Of course, Mr Turnbull has opposed fibre to the premises for over six years and we don’t expect this to change at this stage of the rollout.
So can anything be done to salvage what remains of the rollout?
There has been ongoing debate about the merits of taking Fibre to the Distribution Point, or Curb, instead of to the Node. In 2015 my predecessor, Jason Clare, predicted that NBN would begin rolling out Fibre to the Curb.
This has of course happened and has been confirmed even today as being expanded.
Moving fibre deeper into the network and preserving the option of an economical upgrade to full fibre is an important step forward.
At a minimum, it remains possible to take fibre to the curb for these targeted premises without disrupting timelines for the overall rollout.
This won’t fix the NBN - and it’s not fibre-to-the-premises– but it will salvage something better for those households, guarantee better speeds and modestly improve the economics of the NBN.
As we learnt from evidence in recent Senate Estimates hearings, the additional up-front investment would be comfortably absorbed within NBN Co’s capital contingency buffer, and that ensures there would be no increase to the peak funding target of $49 billion., 
This investment would mean better speeds for consumers and better value for both the taxpayer and economy.
The incremental investment of $500 per home to take fibre to the kerb would save double that amount in future upgrade and migration costs avoided.
Whilst I note NBN Co’s announcement today, at a minimum, the Government should be scaling up the rollout of fibre to the curb for all the remaining premises not currently in the design and construction pipeline, who will otherwise be stuck on a copper network.
This time-limited opportunity should not be squandered.
What is proposed here is a modest interim measure to improve the technology mix. But it will by no means fix the problems with the NBN.
This is why Labor is continuing its work on a consumer-focused NBN policy to take to the next election."
Referenced links in the speech:
10 Maurice Newman, The Australian: The White Elephant NBN started life on a Coaster Plan, 16 December 2016.
11 NBN Co, Setting the facts straight on Fibre to the Node, 8 March 2017.
12 Senate Estimates and Environment Committee, 28 February 2017, p.133.
13 NBN Co, Corporate Plan 2017, p.54.
14 Senate Estimates Environment and Communications Committee, 24 March 2017, p. 59.
15 Coalition NBN Policy Background Paper, p.15, April 2013.
16 Senate Estimates Environment and Communications Committee, 28 February 2017, p.131.
17 Speech to CommsDay, 14 October 2015.
18 Senate Estimates Environment and Communications Committee, 24 March 2017, p. 64.
19 NBN Co, Corporate Plan 2017, p.54