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$50,000 to connect to superfast broadband under Coalition, say contractors

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Campaign Media Release Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Anthony Albanese


Contractors in the Australian today have confirmed that families and businesses will be slugged as much as $50,000 if they want to connect to superfast fibre broadband if Tony Abbott wins the election.

Under the Coalition’s second rate plan, fibre optic cable will be run to a fridge-sized cabinet plonked on everyone’s street corner.

Last century’s copper wire is here to stay, with those wanting to connect their home or business to the latest fibre technology having to pay as much as $50,000 out of their own pockets, plus an ongoing rental fee of $800 a year.

Given these extraordinary costs, it’s no wonder that businesses and farmers are amongst the latest to give their backing to Federal Labor’s NBN, which connects fibre all the way to their premises for free.

A new Galaxy poll shows that most businesses support Labor’s approach, which is to do it once, do it right, and do it with fibre.

This follows a separate KG2 survey, which found farmers also view the NBN as being integral to how they do business.

The Rudd Labor Government believes that high-speed, affordable and reliable broadband is an essential utility - like water and electricity.

It shouldn’t depend on where you happen to live or how much money you have.

If you want the National Broadband Network, you have to vote Labor.

Whether it be cutting the Schoolkids bonus, cutting superannuation contributions, or charging families as much as $50,000 to connect to superfast fibre broadband, if Tony Abbott wins, Australian families, businesses, and farmers will lose.