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Australia : LIBERALS copper-wire broadband plan slammed by Chesters.

LIBERAL candidate Greg Bickley s defence of the federal Liberal Party s broadband plan is slammed by labor candidate for Bendigo Lisa Chesters.

Ms Chesters said, Mr. Bickley was perpetuating myths about the Liberals copper-wire internet network, especially regarding upload and download times .

Mr Bickey said that under the Liberal plan all properties would access speeds of 25 to 100 megabits per second by 2016, and between 50 and 100 megabits per second by 2019.

Ms Chesters said, What he didn t say is if you want greater than 25 meg you have to pay for it .

If your copper wire is good enough you ll get 25 meg, if not good enough you ll get less.

She said, Labor s National Broadband Network operated at 100 megabits per second and this would will increase to 1000 megabits next year .

Ms Chesters said Mr Bickley also failed to elaborate on upload speeds.

Currently copper operates at less than one megabits, whereas fibre is 400 megabits per second. If you re a small business it s critical to have a good upload speed. It s also critical to health and education.

Mr Bickley said the existing copper network would be used where it was accessible.

He said, In new developments and residential estates it would make sense to run fibre in the ground .

That makes sense. Where copper needs to be replaced you would do so if it s economically viable.

Mr Bickley said he was confident the Liberals alternative plan would keep Australia at the head of the digital future.

The great thing about this infrastructure is that it can be upgraded over time. At the moment the current average speed is 5mb per second. By 2019 we ll get those speeds up to 50 and 100mb per second.

Ms Chesters said the Liberals plan was short-sighted. They think the NBN is about downloading movies, so 25 meg is sufficient.

But the NBN is about transforming telecommunications and the economy by investing in the infrastructure we need now and well into the future.

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