Michelle Rowland MP
Shadow Minister for Communications
Federal Member for Greenway
18 March 2020
MICHELLE ROWLAND MPSHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONSMEMBER FOR GREENWAYLABOR WELCOMES TEMPORARY NBN CAPACITY RELIEF FOR TELCOS
Labor welcomes the decision by NBNCo to provide retail providers with up to 40 per cent extra capacity over the coming months in response to COVID-19.
On Monday, Labor called for NBNCo to consider temporary capacity relief to help retailers avoid broadband speed congestion as more Australians spend time at home on the internet.
By committing to a temporary capacity boost the risk of congestion or higher wholesale costs for retailers appears to be well mitigated.
“Labor congratulates NBNCo for taking this initiative and acting in the public interest”, Ms Rowland said.
“Connectivity is vital – whether it be for teleworking, telehealth, education or keeping our spirits up with entertainment.”
“This is an example of how industry can work together to support the Australian community during times of crisis. We saw this during the bushfires and I am pleased we have seen it again this week.” WEDNESDAY, 18 MARCH 2020
Authorised by P. Erickson, ALP, Canberra