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National Broadband Network gains further support as gillard launches tasmanian installation

         TASMANIAN LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
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The former Tasmanian premier, David Bartlett, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the communications minister, Stephen Conroy, launch the NBN in Tasmania. Photo: Andrew Meares

Australians supporting the high speed national broadband network (NBN) exceed opponents by more than two to one, a new survey shows.

The Essential Research survey released yesterday showed 56 per cent of 1042 respondents were in favour of the NBN, up from 54 per cent when the question was previously asked in April 2011.

As well, support for the $35.9 billion project has risen by eight percentage points from 48 per cent in February last year.
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Some 25 per cent of those surveyed opposed the NBN, down from 31 per cent in February 2011.

The biggest supporters of the NBN were Labor voters at 80 per cent, with Greens voters on 77 per cent.

While 42 per cent of Coalition voters were in favour of the network, 43 per cent were not.

The government-owned enterprise, NBN Co, is in charge of rolling out fibre-optic cable to deliver high-speed broadband services to 93 per cent of Australia’s 13 million homes, schools and businesses by 2021.

Fixed wireless technology will provide high-speed internet to four per cent of premises, and the remaining three per cent will be supplied by two satellites to areas outside the reach of the cable and wireless networks.

The online survey was conducted between February 15 and 19, 2012.

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February 21st, 2012
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