Now broken promises regarding the roll out and delivery of the NBN were the key focus of the meeting between MP Justine Elliot, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP and the 40–50 locals that came to air their concerns on Wednesday at the Mullumbimby ex-services club.
‘The NBN crisis meeting drew a passionate crowd who raised a variety of issues such as; wireless towers and their effectiveness, poor or no NBN coverage, deficiency around the NBN satellite service, and the need for truth in marketing by providers,’ said Justine.
At the 2013 election, Malcolm Turnbull promised he would deliver the NBN faster and cheaper that alternative options with three key commitments: Minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second to all Australians by
the end of 2016, delivery of the NBN for $29.5 billion and a commitment that the areas most under-served by existing telecommunications infrastructure would be prioritised in the rollout – none have been achieved.
Justine said, ‘People constantly tell me how fed up and frustrated they are with Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN.
‘The rollout of the NBN has now reached crisis point for local homes and businesses who were promised so much more.’
The latest available information from NBN Co shows that as of August 2017 – 40,000 premises in Richmond have no NBN connection and some residents including those in Ballina are not set for completion until 2019.
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