Media Statement
22 November 2013

Supporters of a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband plan will deliver a 270,000 strong petition to the office of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The petition, which calls on the Federal Government to scrap its Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) model, is the largest ever hosted by petition platform in Australia.

Started on the weekend of the Federal election by Queensland student Nick Paine, the petition led to the creation of Fibre-to-the-Premises supporter groups across Australia.

Wentworth residents Vladimir Lasky and Matt Taylor, members of the NBN supporter group, will deliver the petition to the Edgecliff office of Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday morning 26th November at 11AM.

“We’re sending a strong message to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that he needs to start listening to the Australian people”, said Vladimir.

“The 270,000 signatures on the petition shows there is overwhelming support for the Fibre-to-the-Premises model.”

“The NBN is the most critical infrastructure project in Australia right now, and it needs to be built right to unlock the growth of Australia’s Information economy, education and R&D capabilities”.

“Fibre-to-the-Node will turn Australia into a telecommunications backwater and make it a much less attractive place for business. The presence of large ugly cabinets littering our streets will be a lingering monument to our folly of accepting this inferior architecture”.

“Fibre-to-the-Premises critics have called it the Rolls-Royce solution, but Australians would choose the Rolls-Royce over the Red Rattler any day. If Estonia, South Africa and other less wealthy countries can afford to implement Fibre-to-the-Premises, why can’t we?”

Today’s delivery is just one of dozens taking place in marginal seats around the country.

Petition starter Nick Paine said he was delighted to see his campaign picked up by so many passionate supporters around Australia.

“When I started the petition on I thought I might get a few thousand signatures,” said Nick.

“To see it take off in this fashion shows there’s a real depth of feeling about this issue in the community and Mr Turnbull would do well to take heed of that sentiment.”

Media contacts:

Vladimir Lasky

NBN National Day of Action -Tuesday 26th November 2013

NBN National Day of Action -Tuesday 26th November 2013


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