NBN blame game con­tin­ues

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Gareth McKnight Gareth McKnight is the Tele­graph’s news editor

In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity is back on the agenda this week, with the lack of NBN cov­er­age in Bal­divis and sur­round­ing sub­urbs in the spot­light.

While cer­tain homes and busi­nesses in Leda, Wel­lard and some Rock­ing­ham sub­urbs are still toil­ing with NBN is­sues, Bal­divis is un­doubt­edly the sub­urb most af­fected.

This is a Fed­eral is­sue and both sides of the po­lit­i­cal fence have blamed the other for the prob­lem.

While the Op­po­si­tion is quick to take aim at Mal­colm Turn­bull, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Mitch Fifield has re­torted that in 2013 NBN con­trac­tors were down­ing tools un­der a La­bor govern­ment.

I have some level of sym­pa­thy for NBN, with the com­pany in­un­dated with res­i­dents and busi­nesses cry­ing out for up­dated in­fra­struc­ture and im­proved cov­er­age.

This has led to NBN hav­ing to pri­ori­tise cer­tain ar­eas and wait times that cur­rently seem un­ac­cept­able to those af­fected.

Given that Fed­eral shadow com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Michelle Row­land will at­tend the meet­ing in Bal­divis next week, it will be in­ter­est­ing to hear how ex­actly La­bor pro­poses to fix th­ese is­sues if there is a change in govern­ment in the near fu­ture.

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