NBN pledge fails to quell outback satellite worries

An outback Queensland mayor says remote communities are still pushing ahead with a plan to get fibre optic cable to their shires, despite a new promise by the Federal Government.

The Government yesterday announced remote internet users would get faster speeds under the National Broadband Network (NBN), over the fixed wireless network and the satellite service.

Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton says despite faster speeds, satellite will always have a time delay, making it unsuitable for certain applications, such as e-medicine.

"Because it is satellite, because there is a time delay, it can never be used for high-tech medical applications, some of the education applications, several things that satellite will never be able to do," he said.

"That is readily admitted by those in the industry.

"Satellite is good but it can only go so far, whereas optic fibre, it goes as far as it can ever go in the future.

"Everything with a satellite has a time delay, they cannot eradicate that.

"I've got satellite phones, I've got satellite TV, I've got satellite internet - no matter what happens, they cannot match copper wire or optic fibre for speed and reliability.

"With all the satellite gear I've got, it's affected by the weather, clouds, dust storms."

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