Senior Australians are amongst the most active internet users but Webmaster, Drew, asks the question – are our political parties committed to improving broadband access?

The National Broadband Network (NBN) and Internet Filter have both been heated topics for both parties throughout the election. Labor has committed to implementing the $42 billion NBN set to provide 100 MB per second speeds to 90% of premises. The Liberals announced today 10 August 2010 their plans to scrap the NBN and offer a mix of other technologies to improve internet speeds for Australians costing about $6bn.

In February, Labor put a hold on it’s unpopular Internet Filter until after the election. Last week, the Liberals confirmed that their policy on this matter would be to scrap the filter. Under the proposed internet filter, some of the to be blocked material includes websites about euthanasia, controversial movies and many games that are designed for people over 16 years of age.

The benefits of the NBN are evident for all to see while the policy released today by the Liberal party does not meet the needs of a growing Australia.