National Broadband Scheme: Abbott's Second Rate Internet Plan Will Leave The Regions Behind

Tony Abbott and Liberal candidate for Bass Andrew Nikolic have revealed today they plan to make people in Bass pay $5,000 each for superfast broadband or they’ll be disconnected, Senator Helen Polley said today.

Tony Abbott released the Coalition’s plan for second rate broadband yesterday – completely ignoring the need for high speed broadband in regional Australia.

“The Coalition will make people pay $5,000 each for superfast broadband or you’ll be disconnected.

“We introduced uniform pricing so that all Australians pay the same wholesale price for superfast broadband no matter where they live – the Opposition has confirmed they will abolish this measure, and charge people outside the cities more to access broadband, reduce competition in regional Australia, and drive up costs, Senator Polley said.

Senator Polley today condemned Tony Abbott’s plan for second rate internet in regional Australia, saying it proved that he was out of touch with the needs of regional communities and businesses.

“Tony Abbott just doesn’t get it – his plan will hold regional areas like ours back and discourage businesses from setting up here, by slugging them with a $5000 bill,” Senator Polley said.

“He wants to keep regional areas in the dark ages or make them pay $5,000 for the privilege for superfast broadband.

“Make no mistake – Tony Abbott’s second rate broadband will cost country jobs and make it harder to do business in Bass.”

By contrast the Federal Government will deliver high-speed broadband to local families and businesses through the National Broadband Network (NBN) at no cost to households and businesses to connect.

“Under Labor’s plan, regional Australia will get access to superfast broadband via the NBN and not for the same price as people in the city,” Senator Polley said.

“That’s good for local businesses, good for local jobs, good for health care and good for education.

“Tony Abbott’s second rate broadband plan will only hold regional Australia back.”