Some may miss fast broadband

POCKETS of regional Australia, possibly including parts of the Fraser Coast, are not in line for a speedy broadband upgrade, Warren Truss says.

The member for Wide Bay is highly critical of the Federal Government’s proposed National Broadband Network in the wake of comments made by Professor Reg Coutts, a member of the government’s expert advice group.

Prof. Coutts said the planning services for 10 per cent of the population – about 2 million people – was beyond the footprint of the NBN.

The government made a commitment to provide fast broadband to 98 per cent of households.

“The build of the network would begin in the cities, which are already comparatively well–served by broadband, and then slowly move out to areas which are less well catered for,” Mr Truss said. “Worst of all, 10 per cent of the population would be excluded from the fast broadband.

“Any towns or communities with less than 1000 people will miss out entirely.”



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