NBN rollout reaches Quirindi

Jared Beaman

6,600 homes and businesses across New South Wales, including in Quirindi and surrounding areas, will be connected up to the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the latest round of the NBN rollout strategy.

The 6,600 connections will add to the 57,900 homes and businesses that already have access to the NBN, and will be spread out across areas of the Liverpool Plains, New England, Hunter Region, Mid North Coast, Riverina, Central West, South West Slopes and Northern Rivers.

As part of this development wave, parts of the Quirindi Township and surrounding areas such as Quipolly, Borambil, Braefield and Wallabadah will receive access, as well as Tamworth’s Calala South.

According to NBN Co spokesperson Trent Williams, “NBN can open up opportunities for families and business owners to participate in the digital economy. Fast broadband can help deliver improved access to e-health resources, online education, teleworking opportunities and entertainment on demand.

“For many farms, homes and businesses in rural and regional New South Wales, the rollout of the NBN will provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities take for granted,” he concluded.

To counter internet inequality, regions with the worst broadband services are being highlighted as priority sites for NBN access, as set out in the Federal Governments Broadband Availability and Quality Report.

For eligible homes and businesses, access to the network should be available around 12 months following the commencement of construction.

According to the Federal Government, recent changes to the NBN rollout scheme will save $32 billion and see the upgrades completed 4 years earlier than previously planned. It is also claimed that the changes will prevent a high rise in monthly internet retail billing, which could have seen an increase of up to $43.00 a month.

Locals are now a step closer to gaining access to the benefits of the NBN. More information is available on www.nbnco.com.au

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