Stirling ignored in Labor’s National Broadband Network rollout plan
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2012
With only five out of the 20 suburbs in Stirling scheduled as part of the NBN rollout in three years time and the rest of the local area not even provided with a timeframe for installation, it is clear that Labor has decided to ignore Stirling residents’ pleas for faster broadband access, Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan said today.
“Construction of the NBN has only been scheduled for the suburbs of Doubleview, Innaloo, Osborne Park, Gwelup and Stirling and that process won’t begin for another three years,” Mr Keenan said.
“As for the rest of the Stirling electorate there is no indication how long it will take to even begin the NBN rollout and as a result many families and businesses will have to continue to rely on slower connection speeds,” he said.
“I have been contacted by many local resident’s who constantly have difficulties running their business or helping their children to do their homework, all because they cannot access fast enough internet speeds which is a basic necessity for many households in this fast paced technologically driven climate,” Mr Keenan said.
“There are no doubts that parts of Australia suffer from poor broadband services but the Gillard Government’s $50 billion NBN is an irresponsible plan that will reduce competition and increase the price of internet access,” he said.
“In Government the Coalition will implement a broadband policy that ensures services are upgraded as quickly as possible, with first priority going to areas that currently do not have adequate services,” Mr Keenan said.
“Labor’s diabolical mismanagement of the NBN plan has seen the rollout already behind schedule and Stirling residents are set for a long wait before faster broadband becomes a reality,” Mr Keenan said.