2590 premises in the electorate of Kennedy are ready to join the superfast era with the NBN Co activating its fixed wireless network in the region, offering Internet speeds more than twice as fast as city-based ADSL connections, it was announced this week.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said that the activation of fourteen (14) fixed wireless towers in Kennedy over recent weeks shows the Coalition Government is delivering on its pledge to get the NBN rollout back on track.
“Providing state-of-the art communications networks, particularly across the regions, is a priority as we work to repair the mess made of the NBN roll-out by the previous Labor government,” said Senator Macdonald.
The Senator has also welcomed the announcement as evidence of the Abbott Government’s commitment to Kennedy and to Northern Australia.
“Developing Northern Australia means investing in communities, like those across Kennedy, to promote investment and jobs,” said Senator Macdonald.
“And this means making sure that the people of Kennedy are able to participate in the knowledge economy, as well as in the financial one.
“These continuing upgrades to the NBN network across Kennedy will benefit communities across the region,” he said.
The fixed-wireless towers activated in Kennedy in this stage of the roll-out are at Aloomba, Biboohra, Deep Gorge, Deeral, Gordonvale, Green Hill, Ingham, Jaggan, Mareeba, Mareeba east, Mareeba North, Milla Milla, Mt Cudmore and Oak Valley.
The Government’s changes to the NBN rollout will save $32 billion, will see upgrades delivered four years sooner than under Labor and will avoid Internet retail bills increasing by up to 80 per cent.
Potential customers can see the areas served by NBN Co’s fixed wireless service atwww.nbnco.com.au/maps and can order a new service by contacting a retail service provider. A list of providers is available on the NBN Co website at www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address/choose-a-provider.html.