Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity
Liberal Mayor of Brisbane Supports Fibre-To-The-Home Technology
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy said the Gillard Labor Government welcomed Liberal Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s recognition that fibre-to-the-home was the ultimate future proof technology for Australians.
Senator Conroy said it was disappointing the Mayor’s federal Liberal colleagues were unable to grasp the importance of the transformation this technology would deliver to Australians.
“We note this proposal has not been subject to a cost benefit analysis or a detailed implementation study,” Senator Conroy said.
“The Mayor’s proposal clearly disputes Malcolm Turnbull’s claims that people living in cities already have adequate broadband.
“The Liberal Mayor of Brisbane understands that people want superfast broadband now.
“The National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide a genuine, wholesale-only open access network which will maximise the benefits of competition for consumers.
“The NBN will deliver affordable high speed broadband for all Australians, not just those in metropolitan areas.”
The Government looks forward to seeing more details on the Mayor’s proposal.
Date: 14 October 2010
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