Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese MP, today welcomed the announcement by the Australian Government that work will commence to connect an additional 16,900 homes and businesses in and around the Inner West to the NBN by 30 June 2016.
Mr Albanese said today the updated three year rollout plan builds on work already commenced and will bring the total number of homes and businesses where NBN construction will commence or be complete by 30 June 2016 in Camperdown, Enmore, Newtown, St Peters, Stanmore, Sydenham, Canterbury, Dulwich Hill, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Marrickville, Petersham and Stanmore to more than 48,200 premises.
“The NBN is happening now and it’s coming our way soon,” said Mr Albanese.
“The latest plan released includes more than 48,200 homes and businesses in and around the Inner West.
“We are connecting all homes and businesses to the NBN at no cost to connect because we believe that everyone deserves access to the NBN.
“The reality is, under Tony Abbott homes and businesses in our local area would have their connection to the NBN cancelled and be forced to pay up to $5,000 or be left disconnected from Labor’s NBN.”
“I know there are families in this area that simply can’t afford up to $5,000 to connect under Tony Abbott’s plan. We believe that everyone deserves access to the NBN – not just those families who can afford up to $5,000 to connect.
“Under Tony Abbott there will be a digital divide in every suburb of our local area – we just don’t think it’s fair.
“By the time today’s year 7 students finish high school, their household internet needs will have increased six-fold – we need the NBN to meet our needs now and into the future.”
For more information about the NBN rollout visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout.