INTERNET speeds at six south-west black spots will be boosted after upgrade works began this week.
Fixed wireless network construction is under way at Lismore, Cobden, Derrinallum, Dixie, Noorat and Timboon South, with expected completion around the year’s end.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the Coalition was keeping its commitment to prioritise delivering broadband to areas with the worst services.
“Another seven communities in Wannon will benefit from construction of NBN Co’s fixed wireless network and it is expected these sites will come online in stages from the end of this year onwards,” Mr Tehan said.
“This adds to the 14 towers already under construction and two already operational in Wannon which shows that the Coalition is moving swiftly to ensure better access to fast broadband for people in Wannon.”
Mr Tehan said the new sites had progressed through extensive planning and consultation stages and were now each under construction.
“This is great news for people in these communities.
“Fixed wireless is bringing much faster broadband to the more remote areas of Wannon which is great news for our farms and other businesses who have struggled with sub-standard internet connections for too long.
“Fixed wireless will give these people speeds equivalent to those who live in the city and this is a great step in addressing the ‘digital divide’ that exists in our rural and regional communities.
“You can be assured that the Coalition will continue to improve broadband services for people in our rural and regional communities in Wannon.”
Residents in the upgrade areas are encouraged to visit the NBN Co website to see if their home or business is included as part of the coverage footprint via the interactive map: www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map