Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

Both Rudd and Howard "broadband for the bush" plans need more teeth

  • 12 April, 2007 15:08

<p>Tasmanians losing out says satellite industry leader as both parties to the debate are long on rhetoric and short on detail</p>
<p>Both the highly praised Rudd Plan and the Howard Government’s announcements for delivering broadband connection to remote and rural Australia are short on detail despite the hype surrounding the policy deabte, according to Adrian Ballintine, the Founder and CEO of NewSat Limited (ASX:NWT) Australia’s leading independent satellite services provider, in a statement issued in Hobart today.</p>
<p>“Both sides of the political divide are focused on the easy part of the problem, rolling out broadband to significant locations of population, such as major towns and regional centres in Australia. The current level of debate is how best to achieve this,” said Mr Ballintine.</p>
<p>“The real debate, we have to have, is how the major parties propose to reach out to those families, farms and businesses beyond the economically reachable areas for terrestrial communications. This includes large parts of Tasmania as well as remote sectors of the mainland.”</p>
<p>Speaking at a launch of NewSat’s entry into the Tasmanian market today, Mr Ballintine called on both major parties to clearly articulate their detailed plans for exactly how they plan to connect up those Australians, whether in remote parts of Tasmania or the red heart of the country, to the internet with a digital high speed broadband service.</p>
<p>“The Tasmanian State Government, the National Party, the Farmers Federations and the Aboriginal communities should all be up in arms about the lack of high speed broadband communications policy which deals with their constituents,” he said.</p>
<p>“Already NewSat delivers this communication for health services to parts of remote Australia which don’t even have postcodes. And we have the capacity to deliver the connectivity at speeds of up to 100mbps, the same rate as the much-vaunted offering some parts of Paris boast about.</p>
<p>“So I remind the policy makers that NewSat has the homegrown capacity to deliver world-class satellite service to meet the broadband needs, if they have the political will to provide for their remotest voters.</p>
<p>“With our substantial teleports in both Adelaide and Perth, NewSat is the solution for the bush, where others find it too hard to provide a connection, or are too busy trying to prise government dollars to achieve in regional Australia that which is achievable under normal free market conditions anyway.</p>
<p>“Whatever your political hue, the real test of a broadband for the nation policy is whether it deals with broadband connection for those located in the real outback or rugged Tasmanian terrain,” he said. “And to date, the debate has not yet reached how to deal with these parts of Australia.”</p>

Most Popular

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?