Broken promises leave Canberrans waiting for the real NBN

Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann will host a forum in Tuggeranong tonight where they will hear from Canberrans who have poor internet access and still have no idea when they will get Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN.

Under Labor, every home in the Australian Capital Territory would have had access to the world class Fibre-to-the-Premises version of the NBN.

Under the Liberals, large parts of the ACT will get a second rate NBN that relies on old copper.

Before the election Tony Abbott promised that all Australians would have access to the NBN by the end of 2016. They admitted at the end of 2013 that they would be breaking this promise.

The NBN is rolling out slower than Malcolm Turnbull promised and will cost more than Malcolm Turnbull promised.

Malcolm Turnbull also promised that parts of Australia which had poor internet access would get the NBN first, yet suburbs like Monash and Theodore which are rated ‘E’ for both availability and quality are still not on the rollout map.

The NBN represents just another broken promise to the people of Canberra – since the Liberals came to office we have seen broken promises on education, broken promises on health and broken promises on funding to the ABC.