Labor promises super-fast NBN for Page residents
INTERNET speeds will skyrocket in Page under a Shorten Labor government, according to candidate Janelle Saffin, with 50,000 premises to be connected with fibre optic cable under a revised NBN plan.
Ms Saffin was joined by Shadow Communications Minister Stephen Jones in Lismore yesterday for the $57 billion announcement that will see more than two million premises across Australia connected directly with fibre.
The current NBN rollout by the Turnbull government, expected to be completed by 2020, will install fibre to the node and then use the ageing copper network to deliver services to homes and businesses.
Mr Jones said Labor's NBN would be a "massive improvement" on the Turnbull government's copper model.
"We know as we travel throughout regional Australia the importance of the NBN. It's not a luxury, it's about connecting business to the markets of the world and connecting every school and every home to a decent, reliable broadband service," he said.
Ms Saffin said Labor's NBN plan would be delivered with no impact on the budget's bottom line.
Rather than trying to rehabilitate copper cables, costing billions, Ms Saffin said the copper would be removed and replaced with fibre optic cable.
"Labor's NBN plan is a win for farmers, for small business, for the health and education sectors and for families in Page," she said.
Lismore solicitor Keda Ley and her daughter Ahdinda applauded Labor's announcement, saying their current service was slow and unreliable.
"For work, for research and for communicating with clients it has to be done fast and efficiently," Mrs Ley said.
"At school the internet speed has got a lot slower and it's always in and out," Ahdinda, 14, said.
"Every lesson we use the internet to do research so it's very important to have a fast, reliable service."