The Abbott Government has given the green light for the first of Labor’s two NBN satellites to be launched into orbit on 1 October 2015.

Senator Helen Polley says that this is exciting news for those living in Tasmania.

“When the former Labor Government commissioned these satellites in 2012, the Liberal Party and the National Party opposed them,” Senator Polley said.

“They called them a Rolls-Royce solution and a waste of money.”

Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said:

“There is enough capacity on private satellites already in orbit or scheduled for launch for the NBN to deliver broadband to the 200,000 or so premises in remote Australia without building its own.”

- Malcolm Turnbull, Doorstop Interview, 8 February 2012

“Fortunately, Labor signed the contracts for delivery of these satellites before the Liberal National Government was sworn in,” Senator Polley said.

“Labor understands that broadband is an essential utility, like electricity or water, and commissioned these satellites to ensure a quality broadband service was accessible to people living in rural and remote areas.”

“Labor’s new satellites will deliver world-class broadband services to Tasmania - opening up new education opportunities, transforming health delivery, and increasing productivity for our small businesses.”