Federal Labor Member for Bennelong Maxine McKew today called on the Liberal opposition candidate to come clean and explain how many more broadband towers would be built locally under the Liberal’s ad-hoc broadband policy.
“The Liberal opposition candidate has double standards when it comes to communication towers.
“He is pretending to sympathise with the community who are concerned about the location of mobile phone towers, yet his own party policy would result in more towers.
“The Coalition must list how many towers would be built and where they would be located in our community,” Maxine McKew said.
“The location of mobile phone towers is already causing angst in the community, spurred on by the local Liberal opposition candidate.
“Yet John Alexander’s own party policy would result in more towers.”
Maxine Mckew said the Coalition’s broadband policy would result in thousands of fixed wireless broadband towers – potentially up to two stories tall – being constructed in suburbs and towns across Australia.
The Coalition released a plan yesterday which would shut down Federal Labor’s National Broadband Network and replace it with a grab bag of policies that would consign Australia to the digital dark ages.
Tony Abbott was unable to explain the details of his broadband policy, when asked Tuesday night on national television.
But we know that his plan relies overwhelmingly on wireless technology.
“Make no mistake, the only way the Coalition can deliver its so-called network would be to build thousands of fixed wireless broadband towers across our suburbs and local areas,” Maxine McKew said.
Under the Federal Labor Government’s NBN, 93 per cent of premises will be connected by fibre to the premises capable of speeds of 100 Mbps, 100 times faster than many people experience today.
“Importantly, under Federal Labor’s plan, with a network made up of ‘93 per cent ‘fibre to the premises’ not only do you get better technology that can be deployed underground, you also avoid the construction of thousands more fixed wireless broadband towers in densely populated areas,” Maxine McKew concluded.
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