FREMANTLE has disappeared from the NBN roll-out map when previously it had been slated for super-fast broadband within three years.
Greens senator Scott Ludlam says evidence given to a senate NBN committee, which he’s a member of, makes it clear the port city will be stuck with copper and not receive optic fibre to homes.
“Huge sections of the metro area suffer sub-standard telecommunications and Abbott’s solution is to pull the plug,” he says.
Last year the committee was shown pictures of the degraded copper network with duct tape and plastic bags used in pits to keep water out.
Tech-savvy senator Ludlam says portsiders will “now miss out on a world-class, fast broadband service” because of the government’s abandonment of the fibre-to-the-home NBN rollout. The Coalition admits its version of the NBN is inferior to Labor’s, but says it will be billions of dollars cheaper and is good enough.
“Farmers, regional architects, designers and software developers in WA could have been conducting business with people across the world with fast broadband,” Senator Ludlam says. “There is no reason why WA has to miss out and be subjected to broadband dropouts just because the Abbott government doesn’t have the foresight to install a world class telecommunications network.”
by BRENDAN FOSTER