Federal Member for Throsby Stephen Jones has welcomed the news that residents in Horsley and West Dapto will soon be connected to fast and reliable internet on the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Over 2,000 homes and businesses in Horsley and West Dapto will receive Labor’s high-speed fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, Stephen Jones said today.
After a hard-fought campaign for improved broadband services for the area, Mr Jones said he was pleased that NBN Co would be rolling out Labor’s all fibre broadband network to Horsley families and businesses.
“This is a win for the people of Horsley who have been crying out for improved broadband services for some time but there are still many other areas in the region stuck in broadband limbo”, said Jones.
“Access to fast and reliable broadband is still a huge and ongoing issue for a lot of newer suburbs in our region like Tullimbar, Oak Flats and Albion Park.
“I’ve been campaigning with locals to get fibre connected to the premises for the past two years because many residents don’t even have access to basic ADSL.
“They’re being forced to rely on expensive and unreliable wireless or dial up services.
“The Minister for Communications is either incompetent or has complete disregard for the people of the Illawarra.
“This has been shown by his failure to answer any of my requests for information as to when residents in Tullimbar and Albion Park will be connected or allow representatives from NBN Co to come and explain to residents their rollout plan.
“Fast and reliable broadband should not be a luxury in the 21st century. Fibre broadband should be rolled out to all homes and businesses in our region, not just Horsley and West Dapto”, said Jones.
“So while I’m extremely pleased the concerns for Horsley residents have finally been heard by the Government, there is still a lot more to do.
“I will continue to campaign hard for areas like Oak Flats, Albion Park and the Southern Highlands to be added to the rollout map as a matter of urgency.”