FORGET foggy three-minute YouTube clips labouring to reach your computer. Kevin Rudd's 100-megabits-per-second future will come to you in real time.
Australia's vast distances will be tamed by a high-speed national broadband network that will bring instant communication across the continent. Labor's plan will see broadband speeds reach a level up to 100 times faster than those commonly available today, changing the face of digital communication, medicine and education.
Friends would be able to chat on their computers without delayed sound and stuttering movement.
Heather Preece uses the video-calling software Skype to talk to her mother and friends who live at Nelson Bay, 200km north of her home in Sydney. "We use Skype to see what we've done, our pets, articles or anything like that," Ms Preece said.
Her mother Bryony likes to keep an eye on her daughter using the software over the internet.
"You can see them and say, 'Oh, gee, you need to eat a bit more food', these kinds of things," Mrs Preece said.
"You see if they look a bit tired or happy. It's nice to see a person's face when you're talking to them."