THE south-west has been left out of the three-year rollout for high-speed fibre cable internet delivered in the first stage of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
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The federal government’s eventual nationwide network will connect to 3.5 million homes in 1500 towns and suburbs over the next three years, but will not be fully complete until 2021.

NBN Co Ltd boss Mike Quigley said today’s launch of the three-year schedule was a “turning point” for the federal government project.

“We are moving out of doing the trials, doing all the planning, all the negotiations with Telstra deal, submissions with the ACCC,” Mr Quigley said.

NBN Co, the government-owned builder of the $35.9 billion network, is commissioned to deliver high-speed fibre cable broadband to 93 per cent of homes, schools and businesses by 2021.

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But an infuriated Member for Wannon Dan Tehan has described the rationale for the three-year rollout as a “complete joke”.

“The problem is this is a city-centric federal government, which is not allocating broadband on a needs basis,” he said.

“It finds all the excuses in the world to just deliver to major capital cities because they can get the commercial gains they need for the $50 billion the NBN is costing to roll out.

“That is why you’ll see areas of NBN rollout occuring in major metropolitan centres where broadband needs are not equivalent to those in regional and rural areas.

“I don’t think this government has the competenancy levels to determine how the rest of the rollout will take place.

“One lives in hope it could be based on a needs basis but everything we’ve seen indicates they will continue to operate on an ad hoc basis on the whim of the NBN and the minister.”

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