LETTER: Coalition NBN sooner, cheaper

Sir – The Coalition will deliver NBN to the regions cheaper and residents and businesses in the Territory will be better off under the Coalition’s NBN policy.

Our plan will see real improvements in the broadband speeds of regional areas which have suffered under Labor’s neglect and we’ll do it in a way that’s more affordable for local families and businesses.

Kevin Rudd promised in 2007 he’d deliver an NBN by 2013 that only cost $4.7 billion.

Instead, under Labor, and the Gillard /Snowdon team, NBN has connected less than one per cent of what they promised and its projected costs have blown out to over $90 billion.

No wonder Labor wants to sink their fangs into superannuation it is like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank.

The Coalition’s plan [is for] households and businesses can get access to fast broadband by the end of 2016 – with download speeds five times today’s average:-
• Prioritising regional areas with substandard internet services for priority rollout.
• Building a broadband network two-thirds the cost of Labor’s network – that means a less expensive NBN for regional consumers who will save about $300 a year.
• Ensuring prices are kept affordable by requiring NBNCo to set a wholesale price cap for NBN services across Australia.

Labor’s record on the NBN is prioritising rollout on the basis of politics, not need.  We will change that.

Our Shadow Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull was one of our country’s great internet pioneers and he will ensure our local and regional communities get the fast, affordable broadband that is so needed in the 21st century.

Tina MacFarlane

Candidate for Lingiari

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