news The latest Netflix ISP Speed Index shows that Australia’s Internet speeds are “flatlining” and demonstrates the need for a “proper” National Broadband Network, Labor has said.
In a statement, Michelle Rowland, Shadow Minister For Communications , said that Australia’s Internet speeds have dropped from 30th to 60th place globally in Malcolm Turnbull’s time as Prime Minister.
Further, she suggested that the Netflix ISP Speed Index shows how the prime time performance of the major Australian ISPs has “flatlined”.
“It’s simply not good enough. This is the year Malcolm Turnbull promised he would deliver minimum broadband speeds of 25 Mbps to all Australians. It won’t happen,” Rowland went on. “Instead, Malcolm Turnbull’s flawed roll-out is mired in delay, cost blowouts and disruption and the opportunities offered by quality broadband are being squandered and the cost is massive.”
The Shadow Minister suggested that lagging behind on broadband speeds means jobs that should be created in Australia are “being lost overseas”, technology which relies on broadband “fails to be fostered in Australia”, and companies cannot access and share the information they need.
Labor called on Malcolm Turnbull to “reconsider his ill-fated roll-out” and ensure up to two million more fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections can be delivered “before it’s too late”.
“Labor’s NBN plan is measured, responsible and will ensure more Australian’s can access quality broadband and all its benefits, instead of relying on an outdated copper network, Rowland concluded.
Rowland’s comments flatly contradicted comments made last week by Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications, who claimed that the same Netflix ISP Speed Index supports the rollout of the NBN under the Coalition Government.
“Thanks to the Coalition’s faster, more affordable rollout the NBN is on track to be connected to all Australian homes and businesses by 2020,” Fifield said, adding that Singapore’s Netflix speed of 3.75 Mbps is “virtually identical” to Australia’s 3.36 Mbps.
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