Posted by Jim on May 11, 2010
The Federal Government should get on with upgrading broadband access in South East Queensland, the Greens candidate for Wide Bay, Dr Jim McDonald said.
“Now Senator Conroy’s $25 million review of implementation of the National Broadband Network [NBN] has come up with smaller cost projections than first estimated, the roll-out should commence without delay.
He said that present internet speeds in much of regional Australia are third world.
“Regional Australians have been treated for too long as second-class internet users.
“The priority should be to start the optical fibre network in areas like South East Queensland.
“And Telstra should cooperate with the Government in saving taxpayers’ funds and in lowering customer costs.
“Telstra negotiators should remember that their primary mission is to provide all Australians with telephony and internet infrastructure.
“That responsibility has not disappeared because Government has part privatised the service, which should never have happened” he said.
Dr McDonald said the Opposition’s position was laughable. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »by