Wednesday, 04 April 2012 03:01
Federal Member for Melbourne Ports
Michael Danby, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports, today welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the Hon. Senator Stephen Conroy, that 70,400 homes and businesses in Balaclava, Caulfield, Caulfield East, Caulfield North, Caulfield South, Elsternwick, Elwood, Glen Huntly, Ripponlea, St Kilda and St Kilda West will have access to National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre services under NBN Co’s first three year fibre rollout plan.
Under the three year rollout plan, construction of the fibre network in these areas will begin progressively between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015.
“In the next three years, 70,400 homes and businesses locally will be on the way to having access to fast, reliable broadband through the network.” Mr Danby said.
The NBN will connect 93 per cent of homes and businesses around Australia to high-speed fibre broadband, capable of speeds of up to one gigabit per second. Seven per cent will have access to high-speed fixed-wireless or next-generation satellite technologies providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.
“The NBN is about more than just faster broadband. This is about supporting businesses in Melbourne Ports and around Australia to connect to new markets and find new, better ways of doing things to make their businesses more productive and more profitable.
“This is about connecting Australian’s to the high speed digital age. This is about the student who can take a class at another school via the web, this is about the local business that can connect to overseas industries via high speed video chat, and this is about the local families who can access their health and aged care services online,” Mr Danby said.
“This will drive a new wave of digital innovation – changing the way Australians live, do business, receive services and connect with the world. “
NBN Co, the company building and operating the NBN, released its first 12 month rollout schedule in October 2011. That schedule, updated for the first time in February 2012, will be updated quarterly. The three year rollout plan will be updated each year.
There is an interactive searchable map on the NBN Co website. Visit http://www.nbnco.com.au/rollout and enter your address to see details for the NBN coming to your area.
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