IPSWICH – A BROADBAND COMMUNITY DIVIDED

Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland and Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann today visited residents in Bundamba who will soon have access to Labor’s National Broadband Network.

Whilst these residents will have access to high-speed broadband delivered over a fibre-to-the-premises network, residents in neighbouring suburbs will have to rely on the decaying copper network for their broadband needs.

“Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have pulled the plug on homes and businesses in Ipswich,” Ms Rowland said.

“Under Labor all residents and businesses in Ipswich were going to receive fibre-to-the-premises broadband, now Ipswich is a town divided.

“Residents in Bundamba will soon be able to access all the benefits of a high-speed broadband network delivered over fibre whilst neighbouring suburbs will have to rely on the second-rate copper network.”

Mr Neumann said it was grossly unfair for some communities in Ipswich to be able to take advantage of the benefits of Labor’s NBN whilst others were left with Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate copper.

“It is great that Bundamba will soon have access to Labor’s NBN, but all of Ipswich should be able to take advantage of this future-proof infrastructure,” Mr Neumann said.

“Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have split Ipswich into a community of haves and have nots and it is not good enough.”

MONDAY, 7 APRIL 2014