Broadband down under: Aussies link broadband, economy

A lacking broadband infrastructure is holding back the Australian economy, a majority of respondents said in an online poll conducted by Compare Broadband. According to the poll, 75 percent of Australians feel that the current broadband infrastructure is "stifling the economy" and that the National Broadband Network (NBN), now caught in political turmoil, might provide an answer.

"I'm surprised," said Compare Broadband General Manager Scott Kennedy. "Evidently it is an important issue to Australian consumers. The NBN may well be on the money."

On the downside, 21.3 percent disagreed that broadband was holding back the economy and 3.4 percent said they did not know. Australia's attempts to build a national network to serve its rural areas has been the focus of international attention and a recent election shattered the impetus behind the drive.

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