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Broadband plan a disaster: MP

Friday, 2nd November, 2012

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By Erica Visser

State MP John Williams has labelled the National Broadband Network (NBN) the "biggest white elephant the Federal Government has seen".

His comments came after the State Government claimed that it would leave taxpayers with a $400 million installation bill.

NSW Finance and Services Minister, Greg Pearce, said that the company responsible for rolling out the Federal initiative, NBN Co, had refused to pay the full cost of installing the fibre network.

Ley: city needs better broadband

Tuesday, 25th September, 2012

By Erica Visser

The Federal Opposition has launched a survey to determine which areas are most in need of improved broadband access.

The move comes after shadow minister for communications and broadband, Malcolm Turnbull, criticised the rollout speed of the National Broadband Network (NBN), comparing it to that of a snail.

Broken Hill was left disappointed at the January announcement of the rollout list and despite City Council lobbying, it is still unknown when the city would eventually receive the Federal Government initiative.

NBN ‘alternative’

Wednesday, 7th December, 2011

A NSW town has claimed to have found a cost-effective alternative to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

But according to the Managing Director of NextGen Networks, Phil Sykes, it is not that simple.

NextGen Networks is laying the fibre-optic cable that will eventually connect Broken Hill to the NBN.

The town of Gunnedah, 440km from Sydney with a population of 12,000, has used a similar 30-year-old cable to become what Mayor Adam Marshall describes as Australia’s “first Wi-Fi town”.

Broadband lagging

Tuesday, 8th November, 2011

City facing long wait for NBN access

By Erica Visser

 A Government spokesperson has lashed out at a claim made by the company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN) that it would be years before the city had access to the Federal Government initiative. 

MC for the NBN, Peter Blasina, who is better known as the ‘Gadget Guy’, said that he was shocked that Broken Hill is still on the waiting list to be connected, despite being a ‘backbone’ spot for the network.

Council in push for NBN

Monday, 31st October, 2011

 City Council has asked the Government to include the region in the next National Broadband Network rollout.

The city failed to make the cut when the first quarterly announcement of the country cities due to get NBN was released this month.

Council’s plea for consideration was lodged in a submission to the Chairman of the Standing Committee on State Development, Rick Colless, and will be considered during a hearing on Friday into Far West NSW social and economic development. 

City Council’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said that a partnership between Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Far West was vital.

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