The digital divide

Last week Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare and I met with around 100 Canberrans who are still waiting for the NBN.

We listened to their stories.

We heard their frustration.

And we shared in their feelings of betrayal.

Before the election Tony Abbott promised that all Australians would have access to the NBN by the end of 2016.

At the end of 2013, the Abbott Government admitted it would be breaking this promise.

Now large parts of the ACT will get a second rate NBN that relies on old copper.

That’s if Canberrans can find their suburb on the rollout map.

Residents in suburbs like Monash and Theodore are struggling to get access to any type of internet – and it’s extremely expensive if they can get it.

Under Labor, every home in the ACT would have had access to the world class Fibre-to-the-Premises version of the NBN.

In a functioning democracy it’s important that everyone has access to information and can contribute to the national conversation.

Labor wants everyone to have the tools they need on the web – tools for training, tools for learning, and tools for sharing.

We envisage a country where no one is left behind.

I’m campaigning for the Abbott Government to prioritise Canberra’s NBN rollout.

I want the NBN for Canberra – and I want it now.

Sign the petition to let the Abbott Government know you want it too.

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