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Australia's national broadband network shouldn't be abandoned: NBN Co boss

01-21-2011 09:23 BJT

SYDNEY, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Building a national broadband network (NBN) is in Australia's long-term interest and shouldn't be derailed by the floods, said NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley on Friday.

The head of the Australian government-funded company charged with building Australia's NBN said the infrastructure was essential.

"This is clearly in our view ... (in the) long-term interest of Australia," he told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio on Friday.

"Having a fiber network will be a big plus - for all sorts of reasons, for productivity reasons, education and health," he said.

"There has to be remediation from what has happened now as a consequence of the flood but that doesn't mean that we have to mortgage our future completely."

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has defended the NBN and signaled spending cuts as well as a special flood levy to cover the mounting economic impact of the floods.

However, opposition leader Tony Abbott has criticized the prospect of an increased tax and instead wants the government to scrap or delay the broadband network rollout.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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