Your View: Regional Australia forgotten under NBN

THE Turnbull government is failing regional Australia and has proved incapable of securing better outcomes.

The National Broadband Network marketing exercise nbn local has done little to support regional customers, many of whom face ongoing faults, failures and disruptions.

NBN Co is now scrambling to deliver fibre to the kerb to some inner-city areas, finally recognising copper and hybrid fibre co-axial were a mistake. Despite this, regional Australia is being well and truly left behind.

It should come as no surprise 83 per cent of small businesses say they have lost confidence in the NBN and more than half think they will be left out of the digital economy.

Even NBN Co concedes three in four businesses on copper will not be able to reach the maximum advertised speed of 100Mb/second.

The Coalition cannot continue to allow regional Australia to be disproportionately impacted by its multi-technology mix. It’s time the government owns up to its mistakes, accepts Turnbull’s NBN is a dud, and get more fibre into regional areas before it’s too late.

Stephen Jones, shadow minister for regional communications

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