A Labor survey has found “disturbing” differences between actual Internet speeds in the electorate of Perth, and the speeds cited in the Broadband Quallity and Availability Review.
Perth Federal MP, Alannah MacTiernan, said she had surveyed nearly 200 homes in her electorate and found disturbing differences between the actual internet speeds available and those cited in the report.
“Mr Turnbull is deluding himself about the true state of the copper wire," MacTiernan said.
She said a new survey of locals around Perth had shown the dilapidated state of the copper network that the NBN was now forced to rely upon.
"Our survey shows that the actual speeds in all suburbs are far less than Mr Turnbull's claim in his Broadband Quality and Availability Review."
"Residents in many areas across the electorate report that even phone services over the copper wire are unreliable, and what limited Internet is available drops out."
Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, said the government had pulled the plug on homes and businesses right across Western Australia.
"Before the last election Tony Abbott deceived the people of Western Australia," he said.
"Before the election he promised that all Western Australians would have access to the NBN by 2016.
"That's now not going to happen. Just before Christmas the Liberal Government broke that promise."
"Here in Perth Tony Abbott is creating two classes of people: those that will get the real NBN and those that won't."
Clare said the NBN was now effectively dead.
"Under Labor all homes and businesses in Perth would have received fibre to their premises.
"Now only some homes and businesses will get this. Everyone else will have to rely on the second rate old copper system."
"The NBN is now effectively dead. Some people will get the real NBN, others will get the second rate old copper system."