Connection for Cowra,
Young to NBN in 2013
MORE than 2500 premises will be connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) via fixed wireless in Cowra and Young Shires by mid-next year.
Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and New South Wales Senator Ursula Stephens, announced today (Tuesday) people in communities across the Cowra and Young Shires will have access to “fast, affordable, and reliable broadband, with over 2500 homes and businesses expected to be switched on in stages starting mid-2013”.
Through fixed wireless technology, homes and businesses in theses areas will access wholesale speeds of up to 150 times faster than dial-up and eight times faster than ADSL.
“For too long, people living in regional and rural Australia have had to put up with slow, unreliable internet connections – if they could get a connection at all,” says Senator Conroy.
“But thanks to the Gillard government’s investment in the National Broadband Network, all Australians, no matter where they live, will have access to fast, affordable, and reliable broadband.
“Through the NBN, the government is also delivering uniform national wholesale pricing. This means people living in the towns of Central West New South Wales will pay the same prices for NBN services as people in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.”
Senator Stephens has welcomed the announcement.
“This is fantastic news for local communities,” she says.
“The NBN will change the way we live and work here and I am very excited by the progress we’ll see on the ground in the next 12 months.
“In many areas of NSW outside the major centres, people cannot access adequate broadband so this is a great outcome for our region.
“This is a truly exciting time for families and businesses who want to get online in regional and rural Australia.
“Like water and electricity, the Gillard government sees fast broadband as an essential utility that should be made available to all Australians,” says Senator Stephens.
The Gillard government is prioritising regional and rural Australia for the rollout of the NBN, says Senator Conroy.
The majority of NBN construction has taken place in regional and rural Australia, while NBN Co has brought forward the introduction of wireless and satellite services so that people in the bush can get access to better broadband as soon as possible.