Turnbull reaffirms broadband pledge
DateMarch 17, 2013 – 1:15PM
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Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says all Australians will have access to faster broadband sooner and cheaper under the coalition.
Mr Turnbull on Sunday warned the federal government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) was being rolled out so slowly it could take 20 years and $100 billion to deliver.
The government had promised to connect 12.25 million homes to the NBN by 2020, he said, but by the end of last year had only hooked up 70,000 premises.
And under the NBN, around seven per cent of Australian homes would be left without fibre connections anyway and would have to live with slower wireless and satellite options.
As for the details of the coalition’s policy, Mr Turnbull said the final document would present no major surprises.
He said he’d outlined the policy in “eye-glazingly technical detail”, so no one in the telecommunications sector should be left wondering what to expect under a coalition government.
“It will be released sooner rather than later, and there will be plenty of time – many months – before the election for people to consider it and debate it,” he said.
“We will complete the NBN, we will ensure all Australians have very fast broadband and we will do it sooner, cheaper and hence more affordably than the Labor government can.”
© 2013 AAP