Satellite roll-out critical to Northern Australia agenda, says Senator

Today’s launch of nbn’s second satellite, Sky Muster II, designed to improve internet speeds and access for rural and remote communities across the North will be closely monitored to ensure broadband services actually improve in those areas which are set to become the nation’s economic powerhouse, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

Senator Macdonald said while he welcomed the launch of the second satellite, he was aware that the roll-out of improved internet access in regional and rural areas had not been without issue.

“I am pleased to be part of a government that has committed $2billion commitment to ensure rural and regional households have a similar standard of digital access as their city peers because for many living in the bush, who rely on the internet for their livelihoods, it is a game-changer,” Senator Macdonald said.

The efficiency of telecommunications infrastructure was critical to the success of the ongoing development of Northern Australia, Senator Macdonald said.

“Not only do communities in these areas rely on the internet for all their communications, for many it is their lifeline to the rest of the world, to their children’s education, to their markets and their supply chains, and the viability of some our nation’s most profitable industries.

“There is no point securing the technology if it doesn’t deliver the services people living outside of capital cities deserve and expect, so I will be closely watching to ensure these communities have the resources they need to support the ongoing development of the region,” Senator Macdonald said.

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