Member for Durack Melissa Price is pleased to announce around 800 premises in Northampton are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with construction on the fixed line network now underway.
Ms Price said it was an important milestone for the area, with greater certainty for homes as businesses as they prepare for superfast broadband.
“This is great news for Northampton,” Ms Price said.
“The message for Northampton residents is clear – superfast broadband is on its way.
“Only the Turnbull Government will deliver fast, cheaper broadband to the Mid West.”
Final network designs are now complete meaning that in coming weeks, NBN Co subcontractors will be seen in the streets, laying out fibre and building cabinets to house the electronics needed to supply superfast broadband.
Today’s announcement is part of the Government’s ongoing reform of the NBN project, to ensure that superfast broadband can be rolled quickly, more cost effectively and with minimal inconvenience to households.
Speeds on the new network will easily support high definition streaming on multiple devices at once.
Ms Price said that the nbn project will provide much needed relief for the region, which in some areas has poor broadband infrastructure.
“We have taken the steps to get this project on track after so many years of misinformation and frustration,” Ms Price said.
“The nbn will truly revolutionise the way people connect in their homes and businesses.”
Once construction is complete, connecting end-users is simple. Households just need a new modem gateway to plug in to the superfast speeds.
Total connections to the NBN’s various networks, including the fixed line and wireless networks and the interim satellite service now stand at over 700,000. And earlier this year NBN Co released an updated national rollout plan indicating that by September 2018 three-quarters of all homes and businesses across Australia will be able to connect to the NBN or have construction underway in their neighbourhoods.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the release of the redesigned NBN construction plan was delivering on the Government’s promise to get the rollout back on track.
The NBN will continue to update its online maps to inform residents when the network will be ready for service.
Households and businesses can also register their details at nbnco.com.au to be provided with future updates.