The Herald Sun is reporting that the Victorian Government’s $21.5 million fibre-optic network, installed along the "Fast Rail" tracks to Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Latrobe Valley, has only three companies after opening three years ago.
The network was said to bring high-speed internet for 700,000 Victorian homes and contained 30 fibres, allowing 50,000 television channels. It promised to close the digital divide between the city and the country, allowing regional areas access to an "information super-railway".
The subscribers are V/Line, Central Gippsland TAFE and the internet company Wideband Networks. As well, taxpayers are footing $702,000 for maintaining the failed line.