Coalitions second-rate broadband plan a disaster for regional Australians

16 April 2013

Federal Member for Throsby Stephen Jones has slammed the Coalitions plan for the National Broadband Network, saying it will be slower, more expensive and discriminatory to those living in regional Australia.

This is a disaster for regional Australia and particularly in areas like Dapto, Horsley and Kanahooka where faster, cheaper, more reliable broadband is just around the corner for thousands of local homes and businesses.

Ive seen the NBN Co trucks in Dapto doing preliminary work to roll out the fibre optic cable and Ive also spoken to people in Kiama who are already connected to the NBN, getting a far superior service for a lot less money.

Doing away with uniform pricing means that people in regional areas like the Illawarra and Southern Highlands will have to pay more for broadband than dodgy_copper_wires_NBN.jpgthose in metropolitan areas while their broadband speeds will be considerably slower.

That is fine if you live in wealthy city electorates like Mr Turnbull and Mr Abbott, but a disaster for regional Australia.

Without fibre direct to the home, thousands of locals will either miss out on high-speed broadband or be slugged up to $5,000 for a residential fibre connection, said Jones.

A two-speed broadband plan is bad for our local economy. Its bad for local jobs and bad for local businesses. Paying more for an inferior service just doesnt make sense.

Labor has a clear plan for our future. We want to ensure everyone has access to cheap, high speed broadband. Not just a privileged few.

It would be a total injustice to see the National Broadband Network ripped away by the Coalition.