High-speed internet no-go

SMALL towns such as Wooli and Ulmarra will miss out on the Federal Government's proposed high-speed broadband network, according to information released by the Government last week.

Kevin Rudd's $43 billion broadband plan came under fire on the weekend when it was revealed that access to the network would cost the average family about $200 a month.

This week, Nationals MP for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is raising concerns about the number of regional households that will miss out on the service.

He said the Government's statement on the planned broadband network revealed the network would only be 'extending to towns with a population of around 1000 or more people'.

“According to population figures provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics communities such as Moonee Beach, Corindi Beach, Dorrigo, Gulmarrad, Smithtown and Gladstone, Frederickton and Scotts Head will all miss out,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Given the size of the investment, it is unbelievable that so many residents in regional Australia are going to miss out on high-speed broadband.”

Under the Government's specifications, communities that will miss out on the high-speed broadband include those in Brooms Head, Gulmarrad, Tucabia, Ulmarra, Wooli, Minnie Water, Corindi Beach, Red Rock, Coramba, Glenreagh and Bonville.

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