Pilbara towns on NBN list
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.