NBN starts to roll out

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 13-Jan-2017

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MORE than 3700 homes and businesses in urban areas of Bendigo can now connect to the NBN as work on Australia’s biggest infrastructure project continues to roll out across the city.NBN Victorian spokesman Michael Moore said work to connect a further 33,000 remaining premises was under way, with people able to progressively make the switch from this month, and completion expected by the end of July.

“The rollout of the NBN network is gaining momentum across the country, providing homes and businesses with access to internet speeds and bandwidth not seen before across Australia,” he said.

“Bendigo residents and business operators can now start joining more than 3.8 million others across Australia who are currently able to enjoy the benefits of the NBN network.”

More than 3.6 million premises across Australia have been deemed ready for the NBN, including almost 780,000 premises in Victoria, of which more than 352,000 services had already been activated.

Mr Moore said fast broadband had the potential to fuel growth and drive improvements to local economies, businesses and homes, bringing new opportunities to the whole country.

“It will be vital in bridging Australia’s digital divide and will allow people to compete on a local, national and global stage. It will also be key in meeting our future needs,” he said.

Making the switch to the NBN network is not automatic, and householders and business operators can find whether they are eligible to connect to the network by visiting www.nbnco.com.au/switch

Once eligible to connect people should contact their phone or internet provider to discuss their needs and then make the switch.

Mr Moore said residents may experience disruptions from civil works during construction of the NBN, and apologised for any inconvenience experienced while this important work is carried out.

Delivery of the NBN has provided a battleground for federal politicians since the project was announced, with the federal opposition highly critical of the government over financial blowouts and delays in delivering the project which it says do not reflect the coalition’s election commitments.

Prior to last year’s federal election, member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said more constituents contact her about telecommunications than any other federal government matter, and that access to a quality, reliable broadband connection had become an essential service.

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