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NBN petition gains momentum in central Victoria

Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters was presented with a copy of central Victorian residents’ signatures supporting the National Broadband Network last Tuesday.

BARBARA SUNGAILA December 4, 2013 4:50am

A national online petition supporting the threatened National Broadband Network has received more than 270,000 signatures.

Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters was presented with a copy of central Victorian residents’ signatures last Tuesday by a group of pro-NBN campaigners, including Colin Lambie.

Mr Lambie said the NBN meant jobs and possibilities for central Victoria.

‘‘The health and education sectors are delivering more and more via broadband,’’ he said.

‘‘Loddon Mallee (health service) is very progressive in this area.

‘‘And I know there are businesses in Bendigo that send a huge amount of data and you can’t do this with slow broadband.

‘‘Jobs will end up staying in metropolitan areas where there are higher speeds.’’

Ms Chesters said district families and businesses deserved access to super-fast fibre broadband.

‘‘It is clear from this that people want the NBN,’’ she said.

‘‘So much of our lives are now online.

‘‘Central Victorians are currently being held back by inferior internet connections (and) the proposed network will not be able to meet today’s needs, let alone future needs.

‘‘Telecommunications infrastructure is like roads. With more ‘users’, traffic builds up and slows you down.

‘‘That’s why we must continue to invest and upgrade this vital infrastructure.’’

Ms Chesters said it was concerning that regions previously on the NBN Co rollout maps were being removed.

‘‘Parts of Bendigo electorate which were set to get the NBN are now disappearing from the map on the NBN Co website,’’ she said.

‘‘This is extremely concerning for people in these areas.’’

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