The South Australian Labor party is promising ultra-fast internet across metropolitan Adelaide if it is re-elected next month.\nThe city will become \u201cthe home of Australia\u2019s fastest internet\u201d if Labor returns to power, the party committing to a $35 million expansion of the state\u2019s fibre network across the city.\n \n\u201cIt will enable thousands of businesses and households to connect to ultra-fast internet that is many times faster than the National Broadband Network and significantly cheaper,\u201d State Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister for Innovation Kyam Maher said in a joint statement today.\n \nThe infrastructure \u2013 to be known as The Fishbone \u2013 will be made available to internet providers to offer the faster and cheaper services. The result will be speeds \u201cup to ten times faster than the NBN\u201d Labor said.\n \nProviders and the community will also be invited to take part in a roundtable to \u201csecure a better internet deal for South Australians\u201d.\n \n\u201cThe internet is an essential service that all South Australians deserve access to, regardless of their income,\u201d Weatherill said. \u201cLabor believes internet is an essential service, and we\u2019re stepping in where the Federal Liberal Government has failed, by delivering the fastest, cheapest internet speeds in the nation.\u201d\n \nIn August, the state government launched its $7.6m GigCity broadband network in Adelaide, based on fibre rolled out for the South Australian Broadband Research Education Network (SABRENet). The network is operated bylocal ISP EscapeNet. \nUsing the US city of Chattanooga \u2013 \u2018the city that was saved by the internet\u2019 \u2013 as a guide, the expansion of the network is expected to create around 3,000 new jobs across multiple industries.\n \n\u201cWe\u2019ve already attracted the likes of Boeing and Technicolor to South Australia, and this investment in ultra-fast internet will allow us to attract even more exciting businesses, nurturing digital skills and creative minds here in our state,\u201d Weatherill added.\n \nThe party will establish a Department of Digital Innovation to oversee the GigCity network expansion and develop a digital inclusion plan \u201cto narrow the digital divide in South Australia, ensuring all members of our community can fully participate economically and socially\u201d.\n \n\u201cLabor is standing up for South Australia and by providing access to our state-owned infrastructure, we\u2019ll work with service providers to make fast, affordable internet a reality and improve digital equity for all,\u201d Weatherill said.\n \nNo specific policy regarding the internet or NBN could be found on the SA Liberal campaign website\u2019s policies page.\n \nThe Liberals in the state are, however, committing to providea $10 million fund to address mobile black spots across South Australia, which will be supported by contributions from telecommunications companies \u201cto deliver new and upgraded towers to priority black spots\u201d in regional and remote areas.\n \nSA Best, the political party led by former federal senator Nick Xenophon, has vowed to boostfunding for regional telecommunications to $30 million to \u201cimprove mobile phone and internet services\u201d.