Coalition Government would stop the NBN towers
NATIONALS candidate for Page Kevin Hogan said if the Coalition was elected on September 7 the roll-out of wireless towers for the National Broadband Network would be halted.
Mr Hogan said he had spoken to people in several areas concerned about the proposed location of the towers and that under the Coalition's plan, there would be no need for them.
"Our system is to get fibre to the nearest Telstra box or 'node'. In most cases you won't need wireless towers because the existing copper network will suffice and you'll still get speeds of four to five times what you currently get," he said.
Mr Hogan said wireless towers would still be required in some more remote areas.
"There's a lot of concern in the community about these towers and it seems to me they are running them out very quickly and the consultation is not as good as it could be. I think there needs to be more transparency (about the process of locating towers) but under our plan you would have fibre to the node rather than towers in most locations."
NBN Co last month agreed to withdraw its proposed microwave tower for McLeans Ridges after a concerted campaign by residents.
The proposed tower was less than 40m from one resident's living room window.