Newcastle taken off national broadband network (NBN) map

NEWCASTLE has literally been wiped off the map when it comes to the rollout of the national broadband network.

Last year the national broadband network (NBN) rollout maps showed work was due to start throughout most of Newcastle and parts of Lake Macquarie and construction had already started in Mayfield.

However, hold-ups and a change of government ensued, and now those suburbs have been taken off the list completely.

Locally, only parts of Cameron Park and Fletcher have been hooked up to the NBN because they were part of the early rollout stages.

Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon said the people of Newcastle had been left in limbo.

The Coalition stood on an election promise that the majority of Australian households would have download speeds of 25Mbps by 2016 at a cost of $20.4 billion, which was significantly cheaper than Labor's promise but much quicker.

NBN Co plans to release updated maps and rollout time frames later this year after stating there had been delays with Telstra negotiating the use of existing infrastructure.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced another review of the NBN. The review will be delivered to the federal government in June.

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