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Internet Part of Federal Election Promises

From Australia.internet.com

As part of its electioneerings strategy, the incumbent Australian Liberal Coalition Government announced further funding for the provision of Internet points of presence (POP) within Australia to ensure access to Internet Service Providers at the cost of a local call.

Speaking at a recent National Press Club Address in Canberra, the Minister for Communications, Information Economy and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, said an additional $11 million would be provided by the Government to ensure that 99.7% of the population can access an Internet Service Provider.

"This means that 100% of Australians will have unlimited local call access to Internet POPs," Alston said.

The announcement, part of the Coalition Party's election policy follows on from a recent decision to invest $25 million into providing regional POPs and the additional funding brings the total amount being spent to $36 million.

The election is due to be held on October 3.