Nov 11, 2013

Tony Abbott switches off fibre broadband in Inner West

Hundreds of homes across the Inner West will be left with second-rate technology as the Abbott Government terminates the National Broadband Network’s fibre rollout.

Residents will be left with one of two choices: battle on using outdated copper; or fork out up to $5,000 to have fibre connected to their home or business.

The Coalition alternative is expensive and inadequate. Families and individuals already struggling with every day costs will not be able to afford the $5,000 bill for an outdated technology.

Homes in Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Camperdown, Stanmore, Newtown, Canterbury, Enmore, St Peters, Stanmore and Sydenham will be affected by the Abbott Government’s decision to pull out of the three-year roll out set to go ahead under the Labor Government.

Overnight Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have pulled the plug on homes in the Inner West receiving fibre-to-the-home broadband services.

This is despite the fact that under Labor, these suburbs were scheduled to receive fibre connections in the coming months.

The Coalition cuts entrench a digital divide that should not exist in Australia in 2013.

Alternatively, under Labor, thousands of Australians would have had access to boundless educational, health, lifestyle and commercial opportunities that fibre-to-the-home delivers.