Standing up for Canberra

Further delays for Canberra's NBN

Last week NBN Co updated its rollout map, forcing Canberrans to face yet another delay in connecting to the technology patchwork that is the NBN.

My community suffers from some of the worst internet speeds in the country. A further delay means these homes won't be connected for at least another 12 months. It's a slap in the face for the suburbs hoping to be connected this year and only further entrenches the digital divide this government has created in my community, with its patchwork of technology, second-rate copper and lack of transparency in the rollout decisions.

Canberrans, if you live in one of these suburbs, you can thank the Turnbull government that you now have to wait until between January and June 2019 at least for the NBN to roll out: Greenway, Monash, Bonython, Isabella Plains, Gordon, Calwell, Conder, Banks, Theodore, Richardson, Chisholm, Gilmore, Gowrie, Macarthur, Fadden and Parkes. In parts of Narrabundah, Forrest, Kingston, Red Hill, Barton and Griffith, small pockets of the rollout have taken place and will continue later this year, but most people in these suburbs will also be kept waiting until next year. Minister for Communications and NBN Co, you are both on notice. I am seeking answers. It's time to come clean. Canberrans deserve to know what is happening with the NBN, and they deserve to know why the constant delay.