Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said almost 1800 additional premises in and around Bena, Dumbalk, Koonwarra, Korumburra, Meeniyan and Ruby could now access superfast fixed-wireless broadband through the NBN.
The technology will offer internet speeds more than twice as fast as city-based ADSL connections.
“The fixed wireless network utilises advanced 4G technology to deliver speeds of up to 50 megabits per second, enabling families, farmers and businesses across McMillan to access a range of new broadband applications, including high definition video streaming,” Mr Broadbent said.
Since the election the fixed wireless network has grown exponentially, now reaching more than 280,000 homes and business in rural and regional Australia compared to just 39,000 premises in September 2013.
“Labor had six years in office and delivered almost nothing for regional and rural Australia. They promised the world to residents in my electorate, but their handling of the NBN was a slow train wreck,” Mr Russell Broadbent said.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Government’s plan to deliver better broadband will mean that those in rural Australia are better off under the Coalition.
“The rollout is happening faster than ever since the Coalition Government took office and construction trials have demonstrated we can dramatically lower the cost and time it will take to deliver fast broadband to all Australians,” Mr Turnbull said.
The Coalition Government’s multi-technology approach to the NBN rollout will save up to $30 billion, will see upgrades delivered six years sooner than under Labor and will avoid Internet retail bills increasing by up to 80 per cent.