Federal Members for Cunningham and Throsby, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, today welcomed the release of detailed maps by NBN Co, showing where construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will start in Wollongong CBD, Mangerton, Coniston, East Corrimal, Dapto, Penrose, Koonawarra and Kanahooka.
“This is really exciting for local families and businesses,” Sharon Bird said.
“In around 12 months’ time, people in parts of the Illawarra will be able to start connecting to the National Broadband Network. These maps show that NBN fibre is being rolled out in parts of Wollongong and Dapto, which will allow more residents access to faster, affordable and more reliable broadband.”
“The release of these maps means that work is starting in the area and over the next few months, we’ll start to see NBN Co workers locally doing the detailed planning and inspection work, and then rolling out the fibre and within around twelve months, construction of the NBN in these areas will be completed.”
A standard NBN connection to the home or office is free, retail services are already available on the NBN from about $30 a month with no line rental.
“The National Broadband Network is about preparing Australia for the future. It’s about ensuring that our local communities in places like the Illawarra are not left behind as the world and our local economy changes,” Stephen Jones said.
“The NBN will change the way we live, work, and access services. It will lead to a new wave of innovation, and I’m delighted that people in Wollongong and Dapto will be among the first to benefit.
“The only threat to this progress is if Tony Abbott gets into government. Tony Abbott says he wants to eliminate the NBN and leave the delivery of broadband to the competitive market, something that was a complete failure.
“The choice is clear: vote for Labor and you’ll get the NBN, vote for Tony Abbott and you won’t.”
For more information on when the NBN is coming to your area, you can go to www.nbnco.com.au/rollout and type in your address.