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HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN PAGE TO GET THE REAL NBN UNDER LABOR

29 Jun 2016


A Shorten Labor Government will roll out 21st century fibre optic broadband to homes and businesses in Page, announced Labor candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin, today.

An incoming Shorten Labor Government will direct NBN Co to roll out fibre-to-the-premises to approximately 50,000 homes and businesses across Page, including in:

  • Lismore,
  • Grafton,
  • Woolgoolga,
  • Alstonville,
  • Evans Head,
  • Casino,
  • Kyogle,
  • Maclean,
  • Yamba,
  • Junction Hill,
  • Arrawarra, 
  • Corindi Beach, 
  • Emerald Beach, 
  • Moonee Beach, 
  • Mullaway, 
  • Safety Beach,
  • Sandy Beach,
  • Wollongbar,
  • Geneva,
  • Gulmarrad,
  • Angourie, 
  • Iluka, and
  • Wooloweyah.

“Fast broadband creates local jobs. That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will roll out fibre-to-the-premises to local communities, and up to two million homes and businesses across the nation,” said Ms Saffin.

“Having a first-rate NBN is essential to building a stronger regional economy in the 21st century.

“Kevin Hogan and the Nationals walked away from Labor’s NBN plan in favour of a slower, second-rate copper network. They have walked away from the people of Page and left local businesses in the lurch. Our community deserves better.”

In 2013, Malcolm Turnbull promised all Australians that they would have access to the NBN by 2016.Three years later and the rollout of Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate fibre-to-the-node network has not even started for local communities in northern NSW.

“Pinning our economic future on copper is a gamble that’s already failing. In the last three years, the cost of the Turnbull Government’s second-rate NBN has almost doubled, the time it will take to build has more than doubled, and Australia has dropped from 30th in the world for internet speeds to 60th,” said Ms Saffin.

“We simply cannot afford to let Kevin Hogan and the Nationals tie our future to a second-rate technology that is already behind schedule, over budget and out of date.”

Ms Saffin said Labor’s NBN plan would be a game changer for homes and businesses in northern NSW.

“Regional businesses will be able to get speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, compared to the Nationals’ rollout which guarantees just 25 megabits per second.

“Furthermore, Labor’s plan will not cost the taxpayer more to build because it will avoid the cost of upgrading and maintaining the old, crumbling copper wire network.”

Ms Saffin said she would also fight for a better deal for satellite NBN customers, who are being treated like second-class citizens by the Nationals.

“Only Labor will fix Malcolm Turnbull’s mess and deliver the vital infrastructure of the 21st century to Page,” said Ms Saffin.



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