Pauline Hanson's Flash idea to solve NBN woes

CAMPAIGN VISIT: Damian Huxham and Pauline Hanson in Bundaberg.
CAMPAIGN VISIT: Damian Huxham and Pauline Hanson in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN230616HANS4

IT'S cheaper, faster and easier to install than the NBN - and if the One Nation party are elected, they say it will be rolled out across Bundaberg.

Pauline Hanson landed in town yesterday to make the announcement, alongside Hinkler One Nation candidate Damian Huxham, that the party would install Flash Fibres, the product of a Sunshine Coast company which uses fibre-to-the-node in combination with radio links to deliver high speed internet on its own "carrier grade" network.

"This is the technology that will supersede the white elephant that is the NBN," Mr Huxham said.

"You're looking at speeds of around 90MB a second, one tower can cover thousands of homes, and the technology is ready to be rolled out."

The small radio antennae, which operate using line of sight in a similar manner to AM/FM radio, take up to ten days to install and communicate with receivers on the home.

"Burnett Heads, Burrum Heads, Woodgate, all those areas that are having trouble with the floundering NBN, will be able to have rapid speed internet."

WIRELESS THE WAY: Damian Huxham and Pauline Hanson say the NBN will be outdated before it’s completed in Bundaberg.
WIRELESS THE WAY: Damian Huxham and Pauline Hanson say the NBN will be outdated before it’s completed in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN230616HANS2

"The former CEO of the NBN Co (founder Michael Quigley) has come out criticising the NBN and Malcolm Turnbull's plan for it, saying it will be outdated before the final rollout in 2021," Ms Hanson said.

"The NBN is costing $45 billion, at a cost of $2,400 per home."

Standard installation with Flash Fibres starts from $400, and founder Brad Hughes said he already had on-sellers eagerly selling his product for him.

"Whoever wins the next election needs to revise the NBN rollout," Ms Hanson said.

"When they're digging up the roads, the cost to the taxpayer is not necessary when this service can be provided.

"IT companies on selling it - they love it.

"It will create jobs in the area and small businesses will benefit from it."

Ms Hanson and Mr Huxham claimed, that unlike Keith Pitt, "we're not pork barrelling".

"We're bringing forward a product that will save a lot of money for the taxpayer," Ms Hanson said.

"I'm telling Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, jump on board, because people want it."

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