The Coalition's destructive fantasy of wrecking the National Broadband Network becomes more untenable by the day, with today's publication of forward plans to take the network to half a million more Australian households over the next 12 months.
Australian Greens communication spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said Tony Abbott's vow to "demolish" the NBN becomes increasingly dangerous with every suburb and township connected to the infrastructure project.
"At 81,700 premises the connection is already in place or the work is being carried out right now, over the next 12 months another 485,100 homes around Australia will be connected to the high-speed fibre broadband network," said Senator Ludlam. "The Opposition's costly and risky demolition delusion has to end."
"The Coalition has turned its back on the outer suburbs and regional Australia by opposing a project that will bring high speed communications to millions of people. Perhaps internet speeds in the electorate of Wentworth are up to scratch, but many of our country's small businesses, schools, local councils and other groups and individuals have to work with extremely slow and unreliable internet connections.
"Access Economics recently reported that the internet contributed $50 billion to the Australian economy in 2010, an annual figure that will increase to $70 billion over the next five years. A nation-wide high-speed internet service will be a huge boost to the economy - and especially to local employment in regional Australia - for many years to come."
Senator Ludlam said 75,000 new connections would be constructed in his home state Western Australia in Applecross, Geraldton, Mandurah, Meadow Springs, Pinjarra, South Perth and Victoria Park, in addition to the 2,800 already underway in Geraldton.
"This 12-month schedule marks the end of the preliminary systems trial phase, the beginning of the volume rollout, and the final nail in the Coalition's costly and partisan scheme to wreck the NBN."
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