NBN breaks fibre promise for South West residents

It has been revealed that suburban residents in the South West – along with those from smaller towns – will miss out on the long overdue promise of fibre to the home by the National Broadband Network.

Residents in Cities of Bunbury and Busselton and the shires of Dardanup, Harvey, Capel, Collie and Donnybrook are now listed among the 7 per cent of Australians who will not receive fibre broadband services.

This substitution was exposed last week after NBN announced the region would receive fixed wireless.

In some cases, wireless will be much slower than what is already commercially available.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said residents had been deceived.

“There is a big difference between the NBN’s 100mbps fibre fantasy it has been selling for five years and the 12mbps wireless reality,” Mrs Marino said.

“Now the truth is out thousands of residents, especially those in the suburbs of Bunbury and Busselton, will rightly be angry at the deception.”

The Labor government has not targeted suburban and regional blackspots and its blanket approach with fixed wireless will deliver slower speeds than currently available.

“South West residents deserve better broadband not false promises by a government big on announcements but short on delivery,” Mrs Marino said.