24 April 2015
FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the Abbott Government’s efforts to speed up the NBN rollout are paying off for residents and businesses in Inverell West and Willow Tree and surrounds as work begins to connect hundreds of premises to the National Broadband Network.
Mr Joyce said fixed wireless construction has just begun to connect 173 residences at Inverell West and 207 residences in Willow Tree.
He said it is expected that broadband and phone services will be able to be connected over the National Broadband Network (NBN) from phone companies and internet providers within 12 months.
“Labor had six years in office and they promised the world to residents in my electorate, but their handling of the NBN was a slow train wreck,” Mr Joyce said. “Since the election, the nationwide number of active broadband connections on the NBN has more than doubled.
“The rollout is happening faster than ever since the Coalition Government took office and trials have started to test other technologies which will dramatically lower the cost and time it will take to deliver fast broadband to all Australians,” he said.
The Government’s changes to the NBN rollout will save $32 billion will see upgrades delivered four years sooner than under Labor and avoid Internet retail bills increasing by up to $43 a month.
Suburbs and towns with the worst broadband service will get priority under NBN Co’s new rollout strategy.
Detailed maps showing the areas around Inverell West and Willow Tree where construction has begun are available at www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map