Emerald business owner Martina Wenman (centre) with Member for Flynn Chris Trevor and Minister for Broadband Stephen Conroy.
Emerald business owner Martina Wenman (centre) with Member for Flynn Chris Trevor and Minister for Broadband Stephen Conroy. Submitted

Labor pledges improved internet

THE north-western part of the Flynn electorate will be one of the first areas in the electorate to get upgraded broadband under the Labor Party’s National Broadband Network (NBN).

Emerald, Blackwater, Capella, Rubyvale, Sapphire and Tieri are set to be connected to the optical fibre network being constructed as part of the backbone blackspots program.

This program, which will see a network established between Toowoomba and Darwin, was highlighted as a high priority infrastructure requirement in the first stages of the NBN project.

Member for Flynn Chris Trevor, visiting the north-west part of the electorate on Tuesday with Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy, said that Emerald was set to join the digital revolution, with internet speeds up to 100 times faster than they are now.

The maps outlining the path for the network were released for the first time on Friday.

The maps show that every house, school and business in Australia will have access to high speed broadband under the NBN; confirm optical fibre will be extended to 93 per cent of homes and businesses in more than 1000 cities and towns; and shows how communities will be served by next generation wireless and satellite technologies.

“Local families, businesses and schools will enjoy the benefits of faster, modern technology – sharing the same advantages as the cities,” Mr Trevor said.

“Communities in this region have been crying out for better broadband after 12 years and 18 failed broadband plans from the former Coalition government.”

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had publicly stated he would cut the program, he said.



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