18 July 2016

Labors Regional Communications Spokesperson Stephen Jones and Labors candidate for Paterson Meryl Swanson have today announced that an incoming Shorten Labor Government will direct NBN Co. to roll out 21stcentury Fibre-to-the-Premises to homes and businesses in Paterson.


Fast broadband creates jobs. This is why a Shorten Labor Government will roll out Fibre-to-the-Premises NBN to up to two million premises across the nation, including households and business in Thornton, Beresfield, Tarro, Woodberry, Chisholm, Medowie, Tanilba Bay, Mallabula, Lemon Tree Passage, Salt Ash, Kurri Kurri, Heddon Greta, Abermain, Weston, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr and Cliftleigh.

Today Stephen Jones and Meryl Swanson visited IT specialist Andrew Burton, who runs his own business out of his home in Thornton.

Andrew, just like many people across Australia, is being held back by slow, unreliable internet services, Mr. Jones said.

The cost of Malcolm Turnbulls second-rate NBN has almost doubled and the time it will take to build has more than doubled.

In that time, Australia has dropped from 30th in the world for internet speeds to 60th. Businesses trying to compete in a global market are missing out and face failing behind.

Meryl Swanson said that households and businesses in the region deserve better.

Andrew is a hardworking, successful small business owner who has designed websites for numerous organisations including the Newcastle Community Transport Group.

He takes great pride in providing design services but due to connectivity problems in Thornton he has often been unable to do his work.

He is a victim of rotting, 19th century copper wire that simply doesnt hold up to pressure in the local area.

Andrew has told us that he wont benefit from the Coalitions broadband model, because the copper wire that it relies on is well past its use by date.

Only Labor will deliver fibre and future-proof the NBN for decades to come. The choice is clear this election if you want fast, reliable, Fibre-To-The-Premises NBN vote Labor. It is as simple as that.