LAUNCESTON could host a national broadband network debate between Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Liberal Malcolm Turnbull, as work on the network recovers speed.
Mr Albanese is the Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Minister and Mr Turnbull is his opposition counterpart.
TASICT, the state's ICT peak body, yesterday called for an NBN debate to be held in Launceston.
The group's executive officer, Dean Winter, said he understood the two political opponents would debate the NBN before the election, and it made sense for it to happen in a city that was already partly connected to the network.
Mr Albanese said he was ready to debate.
"I have indicated that I am more than happy to debate Malcolm Turnbull, as well as the alternative deputy prime minister and shadow infrastructure minister Warren Truss," Mr Albanese said.
"Where this takes place will be determined in due course."
He said the NBN was on track to be completed in Tasmania by the end of 2015, and that he expected pit remediation to restart on August 19.
Remediation of Telstra phone pits stopped weeks ago because of asbestos fears, but Mr Albanese said additional safeguards were now in place.
A spokeswoman for Visionstream, the company doing the Tasmanian rollout, confirmed that pit work was about to restart.
"We are committed to rolling out the NBN in Tasmania and look forward to progressing these works across the state," she said.