CBD DESERVES VERY BEST NBN
Labor calls for fibre to be laid in downtown Lismore
THE Labor Party is calling on the NBN to work constructively with Lismore City Council on the roll out of fibre in the CBD.
For months council has sought vital information from NBN about its planned roll-out, however ironically there have been some communication issues.
Shadow Minister for Regional Communications Stephen Jones said he was working closely with Lismore Council to send a strong message to the Commonwealth Government, the NBN and Telstra.
“We know the data consumption of businesses is doubling every two years so why not put something in the ground which is going to be fit for the future instead of putting something in the ground that is not even fit for the present,” Mr Jones said.
“There are 10 councils around the country that have already stuck their hand up and said we want more than what the government is offering and we are willing to put some money up to make that happen.
“It should send a clear message to the NBN and the government that what is being rolled out is not good enough for regional towns.”
Mayor Isaac Smith said their major infrastructure works were in limbo as they wait to hear back from the NBN and Telstra.
“I am really concerned about us moving forward, we have millions of dollars to spend on upgrades around footpaths and I don’t want to waste that money by pulling up old copper and putting new copper down,” Cr Smith said.
“What really want to do is make sure that we do things that are going to last and things that are going to work in Lismore.
“What I would like to see is us doing fibre to the premises, let’s give our businesses the best opportunity moving forward.”
Mr Jones said it would make the most sense to address this issue now as council is predicted to spend $750,000 just to replace the existing copper.
“If we don’t do it now at some stage over the next decade we are going to have to do it again,” he said.
CONNECTED: Shadow Minster for Regional Communications Stephen Jones in Lismore with Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith to discuss the NBN.