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Press Release: Talk Radio in Canberra starts webstream – highlights need for broadband network

October 4th, 2007 at 06:03am

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Independent candidate for Fraser, Samuel Gordon-Stewart, has welcomed the news that 666 ABC Canberra has launched a webstream.

“Canberra is blessed with two locally focussed talk radio stations, and I am very pleased to see that one of them has put Canberra on the Internet in this way.” Mr. Gordon-Stewart said.

“People are turning to the Internet for information more regularly these days. Talk radio is one of the few places where people can easily express and debate their views, and it is good to see that talk radio in Canberra is now available to the world.”

“This will not only allow people from outside Canberra to get a better insight in to issues which affect Canberra, but also provide Canberrans with the ability to more easily stay in touch with their community when out of town, and enable Canberrans located in an analog radio blackspot to hear a station they would otherwise miss out on.”

“I can only hope that the few stations which currently do not have a webstream, implement one soon.”

Mr Gordon-Stewart also highlighted the fact that the ever-growing amount of content online makes it imperative that a national broadband network be set up as a matter of priority.

“It is disturbing that a metropolitan area such as Canberra could have any areas which do not have high-speed Internet access. One of my key policies is the immediate rollout of broadband services to all areas of the nation that currently do not have access, and the subsequent rollout of a majority government owned national high-speed fibre to the home broadband network.”

“It is important that everyone has the ability to access the many sources of information available on the Internet in conjunction with the more traditional sources of information, as a well-informed society benefits everyone.”

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5 Comments

  • 1. Barry Oaktree  |  October 4th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Sounds good Samuel. But how do you propose to fund an immediate roll out of a high speed national broadband network?

  • 2. Pen 15  |  October 4th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Why do Canberranians need a high speed broadband network? I thought it was legal to buy porn in Canberra.

  • 3. Mr-Pappadappadopolis  |  October 4th, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    A variation on the old ‘roll out the barrel’ theme perhaps.

  • 4. David-H-Eastwood  |  October 5th, 2007 at 7:39 am

    Roll out the barrel, We’ll have a barrel of fun
    Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run.

  • 5. Samuel  |  October 14th, 2007 at 6:26 am

    Barry, that’s not what I wrote. I wrote:

    One of my key policies is the immediate rollout of broadband services to all areas of the nation that currently do not have access, and the subsequent rollout of a majority government owned national high-speed fibre to the home broadband network.

    I don’t want to roll out the full network straight away, that would be, apart from extremely expensive, more or less impossible. Getting broadband access to areas which currently don’t have it, whether by ADSL or wireless will be the priority. This job would have to be contracted, and have set time frames which would have to be negotiated with the people bidding for the contract.

    While this is being done, the big project, the national fibre-to-the-home network would be planned, and then, once the previous network is finished, this network would start. Whilst this network would be majority government owned, the government would not be able to pay for its share, so I would be happy to negotiate with the network providers who help to build the network. They could receive more than their ownership share of profits from the network for a negotiable period of time (perhaps between 20 and 50 years) dependent on how much more than their ownership share of the network they are willing to pay for.

    Not that it’s relevant Pen, but I use my broadband for things which do not include pornography. I’m sure that a large percentage of the population are the same.

    Any further questions, please feel free to ask.


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