Pil­bara towns on NBN list

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

More than 14,000 homes in the Pil­bara will be closer to re­ceiv­ing the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work by 2018.

Dampier, New­man, Parabur­doo, Port Hed­land, South Hed­land, Wedge­field, Roe­bourne, Tom Price, Point Sam­son and Wick­ham have all been added to the lat­est three-year fixed­line con­struc­tion plan. NBN WA cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Philippa Perry said con­struc­tion would be un­der way or done by Septem­ber 2018.

“The ex­pan­sion of the roll­out of the NBN re­flects the com­pany’s flex­i­ble broad­band tech­nol­ogy ap­proach and is an im­por­tant step in its goal of con­nect­ing eight mil­lion homes and busi­nesses to the NBN by 2020,” she said.

“This is ex­cit­ing news for res­i­dents in the Pil­bara whose premises have been added to our con­struc­tion sched­ule.

“Ac­cess to fast broad­band will pro­vide a range of ben­e­fits for homes and busi­nesses, such as im­proved op­por­tu­ni­ties to work from home, bet­ter ac­cess to on­line ed­u­ca­tion tools and more op­tions for on­de­mand en­ter­tain­ment.”

The news comes af­ter Fed­eral shadow communications min­is­ter Ja­son Clare said if elected La­bor would re­turn to build­ing a fi­bre-to-the-premises net­work.

Du­rack MP Melissa Price said progress un­der La­bor’s pro­gram had been slow and costly.

“The NBN only man­aged to con­nect 51,000 premises to its net­works dur­ing the pre­vi­ous term of gov­ern­ment,” she said.

“The re­lease plan is a huge step for­ward for the NBN as the com­pany works to speed up the roll­out and make the build as cost-ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble.

“The plan demon­strates the Coali­tion’s com­mit­ment to ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia in clos­ing the dig­i­tal di­vide.”

Con­struc­tion of the fi­bre-tothe-node NBN net­work in Kar­ratha sub­urbs is due to be­gin in the sec­ond half of 2016.

About 600,000 premises are con­nected to the NBN, and it is planned to con­nect ev­ery home and busi­ness by 2020.

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