• A better plan for area’s broadband?

    QUICK SERVICE: Sophie Mirabella said the alternative NBN plan would be delivered sooner.

    SUPER fast internet speeds could hit the region sooner than expected, under the Coalition’s alternative to the National Broadband Network plan.

    The Opposition’s alternative, released this week, centres around a roll-out of ‘fibre to the node’ network by 2016, with even faster options made available later.

    The Coalition said their plan will save consumers about $300 a year by 2021, and end the delays and cost overruns of the NBN.

    Sophie Mirabella (MHR, Indi) said the alternative betters Labor’s plan.

    “Kevin Rudd promised everyone an Australian fast broadband by 2013 at a cost of $4.7 billion,” she said.

    “Instead, the NBN has only signed up 10,400 users for its fibre network and the final cost is expected to be over $90 billion.

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