[LINK] Coalition unveils $6b broadband plan
kim at holburn.net
Tue Aug 10 19:37:56 EST 2010
If private sector broadband works so well why give them a huge
handout? And for what?
Nice commentary here:
On 2010/Aug/10, at 12:46 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> Coalition unveils $6b broadband plan
>> By online political correspondent Emma Rodgers
>> Fibre optic: The Coalition plan will use a number of different
>> technologies (Reuters: Hannibal Hanschke, file photo)
>> The Coalition has promised over $6 billion to improve internet
>> broadband services for Australians if it is elected to government.
>> Finance spokesman Andrew Robb and communications spokesman Tony
>> Smith have unveiled the plan in Canberra today as an alternative to
>> Labor's National Broadband Network.
>> The major policy announcement was left to Mr Smith and Mr Robb as
>> Opposition Leader Tony Abbott campaigned in Sydney today.
>> Under the plan, 97 per cent of homes would have access to networks
>> which would deliver broadband at speeds of between 12 Mega bits per
>> second (Mbps) and 100Mbps by 2016 through a combination of
>> The remaining three per cent of homes would be serviced by satellite
>> Main points of the policy include:
>> • $6.3 b of investment to get a private sector network up and
>> • speeds of between 12Mbps and 100Mbps
>> another $2.75b to extend the fibre-optic network
>> • $750m to improve DSL services
>> • $2b for improved rural regional and metropolitan wireless networks
>> Mr Smith said the Coalition's plan would deliver improved services
>> quicker than the Government's plan to households that need improved
>> And he said it was both faster and more affordable.
>> "Labor's NBN risks tens of billions of taxpayer dollars," he said.
>> "The Coalition will deliver the new platform and structure to
>> unleash competition and drive private sector deployment of faster
>> broadband across a range of technologies."
>> Finance spokesman Andrew Robb said the plan will encourage
>> "We will embrace and ensure Australia has choice and that the heavy-
>> handed Government is not dictating their telecommunications
>> options," he said.
>> Labor has pledged to spend $43 billion on a National Broadband
>> Network, of which the Government would be a majority stakeholder.
>> The NBN would offer speeds of 100Mpbs through "fibre-to-the-home"
>> technologies but questions have been raised over how many homes
>> would want to pay for such a high speed.
>> The network has already begun to be rolled out in Tasmania and is
>> due to be completed by 2018.
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