Turnbull creates digital divide in Tasmania

Half of Tasmania will get access to Labor’s world class Fibre-to-the-Premises NBN and the other half will be forced to make do with a second rate version of the NBN that relies on copper from last century.

Senator for Tasmania Catryna Bilyk welcomed Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare to Hobart today to hear from local residents who face being left behind because they are being forced to make do with Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate version of the NBN.

Under Labor, every Tasmanian home and business in the fixed line footprint was contracted to get superfast Fibre-to-the-Premises NBN connections by the end of 2016.

Half of Tasmanian homes and businesses, including residents in Howden, where today’s meeting was held, will now be forced to put up with a version of the NBN that will have to be upgraded down the track.

That is despite Malcolm Turnbull promising before the election that he would honour existing contracts and roll out Fibre-to-the-Premises broadband across Tasmania.He said:

“The alternative would be to breach them [the contracts] and that is a course we would not countenance”

Malcolm Turnbull – The Examiner – August 17, 2013

Malcolm Turnbull broke this promise and cruelly ripped half of Tasmania off the map.

Malcolm Turnbull is creating two classes of people in Tasmania – those who are lucky enough to have fibre all the way to the home and those who are not.

Residents and businesses across Tasmania, like all Australians, deserve better than the second rate version of the NBN that Malcolm Turnbull is giving them.