Last week, the Morrison government announced a $750 million plan to upgrade the fixed wireless component of the NBN to 5Gand bring around 120,000 households into the satellite footprint.
Labor has said it will keep the plans if elected but will go further. The party’s NBN policy for the election would include $3.2 billion in investments in NBN, including:
- Adding another 1.5 million homes plugged into fiber-to-the-node to all-glass on top of the government’s existing upgrade plans.
- Upgraded fixed WiFi to provide all users with 100Mbps download speeds and 85% able to reach 250Mbps and migrated 120,000 satellite users to wireless.
- Increasing the data volume for those remaining on satellite to 90 GB per month and increasing the time without metering on the satellite from six to sixteen hours (midnight to 4 p.m.).
Labor also says it will seek to reduce congestion on the satellite, which should allow for an increased amount of data of up to 100GB a month.
It says that 80% of people living in regional and remote Australia will be able to reach 100Mbps by the end of 2025. It is currently 33%.
I just spoke to the Mayor of Byronshire Michael Lyonsas the region braces itself for renewed heavy rainfall and the risk of flooding.
Lyons County includes areas hit hard by the floods in late February and early March, including Upper main arm, Upper Wilson’s Creek and Mullumbimby.
He says residents in the region are “nervous” about what they’ve just been through.
The fate of the county over the next day and a half, he says, will depend on whether the rain keeps flowing or stays relatively calm, soaking the waterways like last time:
We’re glad we dodged a bullet overnight because there was a heck of a lot of rain out at sea that didn’t come down the northern rivers but could have. So that’s at least something.
As far as I can tell we have a good 24-30 hours more rain. So yeah, we’re nervous. But we’re hoping that as long as it keeps moving we’ll only see isolated flash floods. It really just depends on that rain as it rolls by.
Lyon said residents in the county, including the more remote areas around Upper Main Arm and Upper Wilsons Creek, are now better prepared and more alert to the possibility of a sudden change in flood risk. An evacuation center was opened this morning for those who needed it, he said:
It’s just a case where you find yourself in a situation where if you can’t afford to be flooded, especially now that the main road from Main Arm to Mullumbimby is still closed, you’ll really find people must, must go, go today.
Daniel Andrews tests positive for Covid
The Victorian Prime Minister Daniel AndrewsShe has tested positive for Covid and will isolate for the next seven days.
Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino will be acting prime minister until next Monday.
Andrews said he had a rapid antigen test this morning after developing “mild symptoms” including a sore throat and a slight temperature. He said:
So far, Cath and the children have tested negative. As these are close contacts, they will also isolate themselves for the next seven.
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