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Campaign Media Release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy Anthony Albanese Candidate for Melbourne Cath Bowtell

FIBRE TO THE FOOTBALL

From the start of the next AFL finals series, football fans at Etihad Stadium will be able to enjoy superfast internet access turbocharged by the Rudd Labor Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN).

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government would fast track the rollout of the NBN to Etihad Stadium as a pilot project that in an Australian first, will allow the AFL to deliver wi-fi internet to football fans.

Using the capacity of NBN, the AFL will deploy wi-fi hotspots for fans to connect to fast broadband using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

The NBN rollout to Etihad Stadium will be the first stage of the AFL’s national fibre and wireless strategy, that will ultimately incorporate all major AFL venues as the NBN rolls out across Australia.

This is an exciting development for both the code and the fans and will be a game-changer in how fans can experience the sport.

Sports fans want to get online in different ways - through their mobiles, tablets, desktops and smart TVs, and we need to keep pace with a changing world.

As part of the pilot, the AFL’s Docklands Headquarters will be connected to the NBN and the AFL will be an early trial customer of NBN Co’s enterprise grade broadband product, capable of providing 1,000 mbps download and 1,000 mbps upload speeds, ahead of its commercial release in 2015.

Getting online at the footy through a smart phone or tablet is becoming as natural as barracking for your team.

Federal Labor’s NBN will turbocharge wireless devices through wi-fi connections whether at home, at work, or at the footy, avoiding the frustration sometimes experienced at major events where congestion on mobile networks can make connecting to the web unreliable and slow.

The Rudd Labor Government’s NBN is being rolled out to all Australian homes and businesses, as well as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and sporting stadiums.

It is delivering benefits across all sectors of the economy, including education, health, small business, agriculture, and sporting organisations.

Over the next three years, the NBN’s fibre network will have construction completed or commenced to over 4.8 million premises all over Australia.

Federal Labor’s NBN is an investment in our nation’s future prosperity. It will transform the way we live our lives, do our business, grow our regions and engage with the rest of world.

When it comes superfast, affordable and reliable broadband, only Federal Labor will do it once, do it right, and do it with fibre.

Australians now face a clear choice: they can vote for the future with fibre under Federal Labor, or the past with copper under the Coalition.

MELBOURNE 24 AUGUST 2013