Hartsuyker hits out on broadband

THE Federal Government has failed to address broadband blackspots and slow internet speeds in regional areas, according to Luke Hartsuyker.

The Cowper MP and Opposition spokesman for regional communications said the shortfalls had been identified in a new study.

He said global research undertaken by the Neilson Company revealed Australia had a two-speed market for internet access where broadband speeds were being increased in urban areas while the government continued to ignore service upgrades in rural and regional areas.

“The Neilson report shows that Australia is ranked fourth for the percentage of consumers accessing faster speeds but is also ranked second for those accessing slow to medium speeds of less than 2 mbps,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“These slower speeds are predominately in regional Australia which highlights the failure of federal Labor’s broadband policy.

“Three years ago they cancelled the OPEL contract which would have addressed blackspots and delivered speeds of up to 12 mbps in regional areas.

“Since then the rollout of better broadband services in regional areas has effectively been frozen.

“There has been plenty of hot air and rhetoric but the reality is that the rollout of faster broadband speeds in regional areas has been stuck in a vacuum since the 2007 federal election.

“Now Labor wants us to wait another 10 years for their ill-conceived National Broadband Network.

“This comes as the NBN Co has suspended the tender process leaving the future of regional communications in limbo.”

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