50,000 homes in Page to be linked to NBN under Labor government
50,000 homes in Page to be linked to NBN under Labor government Tobi Loftus

Labor promises fibre optic NBN rollout to the premises

HOMES and businesses in Page can expect to receive 21st century fibre optic-to-the-premises in the NBN rollout under a Labor government, according candidate Janelle Saffin.

50,000 premises are to benefit including Lismore, Grafton, Woolgoolga, Alstonville, Evans Head, Casino, Kyogle, Maclean, Yamba, Junction Hill, Arrawarra, Corindi Beach, Emerald Beach, Moonee Beach, Mullaway, Safety Beach, Sandy Beach, Wollongbar, Geneva, Gulmarrad, Angourie, Iluka and Wooloweyah.

“Fast broadband creates local jobs,” Ms Saffin said.

“That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will roll out fibre-to-the-premises to local communities, and up to two million homes and businesses across the nation.

“Having a first-rate NBN is essential to building a stronger regional economy in the 21st century.

“Kevin Hogan and the Nationals walked away from Labor’s NBN plan in favour of a slower, second-rate copper network.

“They have walked away from the people of Page and left local businesses in the lurch. Our community deserves better.”

Ms Saffin said in 2013, Malcolm Turnbull promised all Australians that they would have access to the NBN by 2016.

“Three years later and the rollout of Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate fibre-tothe-node network has not even started for local communities in northern NSW,” she said.

“Pinning our economic future on copper is a gamble that’s already failing.

“In the last three years, the cost of the Turnbull Government’s second-rate NBN has almost doubled, the time it will take to build has more than doubled, and Australia has dropped from 30th in the

world for internet speeds to 60th..

“We simply cannot afford to let Kevin Hogan and the Nationals tie our future to a second rate technology that is already behind schedule, over budget and out of date.”