Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland MP, is inviting local residents to provide feedback about their experience with the National Broadband Network (NBN) as it begins to roll out in our area.
Some suburbs, such as Glenwood, are now able to access NBN internet plans. However, these connections will only come from the Turnbull Government’s copper-based Fibre to the Node (FTTN) plan, not Labor’s superior Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) model.
“I’ve been strongly advocating for six years for local residents to have access to quality broadband services, but because of decisions taken by this Government there remains a digital divide in Greenway. Suburbs including Acacia Gardens, Parklea, Stanhope Gardens, Quakers Hill and Kings Langley currently not scheduled to have access to the NBN until 2018,” Ms Rowland said.
“I am very interested to hear the views of our community on this issue. As your local member and Shadow Minister for Communications, I will raise any relevant concerns you have about the NBN with the Turnbull Government and NBN Co.
“When Labor was in Government, Riverstone and its surrounding areas were some of the first areas to access superior FTTP broadband. This has been a boon for new homeowners in this now rapidly expanding area, as well as local businesses.
“In 2013, Labor outlined how by June this year FTTP construction would have commenced or been completed to more than 4.85 million homes and businesses, nearly 1.5 million of which would have been in NSW.
“Only Labor understands that real high-speed broadband is essential for jobs, for small businesses, world-class education and health care.
“From areas that are experiencing the Turnbull Government’s flawed FTTN rollout we know that there have been issues including installation problems, outages and slow speeds. I want to know about your experience with getting connected to NBN and if you’re actually getting the quality services you’re paying for.
“I encourage any residents that may wish to raise an objection, to contact my office on 9671 4780, by email at Michelle.Rowland.MP@aph.gov.au or on my Facebook page to provide further details about your concerns, so I can continue to effectively advocate on this in Parliament,” Ms Rowland said.