Survey finds 80% of Australians want better broadband coverage

More than 80 per cent of Australians support a national broadband network, a survey has found.

The National Broadband Network is set to deliver faster internet speeds to homes and businesses, with the government seeking to attract the majority of internet users by 2025.

But the National Broadbands Network Co-ordinator, Professor John Gough, said most Australians were against a national fibre-to-the-node network.

“We know that Australians are really not keen on a national network.

It’s very hard to get people to want a fibre-connected network,” he said.”

A lot of people are worried about what it will mean for their ability to buy their own home broadband, but that’s probably going to be about 50 per cent to 60 per cent.”

Professor Gough said the NBN was “not going to create a big change in the way Australians do business” and he was worried the “future of the NBN will be decided by how it’s used”.

The poll of 1,500 people, conducted by Ipsos from January 15-20, found 77 per cent supported a national NBN network, with support ranging from 80 per-cent to 95 per- cent.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) opposed the plan, while a further 23 per cent were unsure.

Professor Grough said the survey indicated “the majority of Australians are not keen to see a nationalised network” but “the bulk of people support a fibre to the node network”.

“A national fibre to network would give NBN Co the resources to build fibre to every premises in Australia and it would allow NBN Co to connect to fibre-optic networks across the country,” he added.

Topics:internet-technology,broadband,government-and-politics,government,australiaFirst posted January 20, 2021 12:39:24Contact Sarah RansomMore stories from Australia