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Thursday, 1 November 2012
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National Broadband Network

(Question No. 1285)

Mrs Markus asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, in writing, on 11 October 2012:

(1) Is the National Broadband Network (NBN) on schedule to be rollout out by 2015.

(2) Is the Blue Mountains region (including the townships of Springwood, Katoomba and Mount Victoria) being considered for the NBN rollout; if so, when will the rollout in this region commence; if not, why not.

Mr Albanese: The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Yes. NBN Co Limited's (NBN Co) Corporate Plan of 2012 - 2015 (the Plan) indicates the rollout to communities announced in the three year rollout plan on 29 March 2012 are on track (page 36 refers). The Plan also states the entire fixed wireless and satellite networks are expected to be completed nationwide in 2015 (page 39 refers).

(2) Yes. The NBN will be rolled out to 100 per cent of Australian premises, including those in the Blue Mountains region.

I am aware that the Blue Mountains region has not yet been included in NBN Co's first three year rollout plan. The three year rollout plan will be updated in March each year with new locations and rollout information.

On 20 December 2010, I announced a list of regional towns across Australia that will be receiving the high-speed fibre network. Four towns in the Blue Mountains local government area, Mount Victoria, Blackheath, Yellow Rock and Medlow Bath, were included on this list.

Less densely populated areas are likely to be served by next-generation fixed wireless or satellite technologies, which will be completed in 2015. The precise optic fibre footprints will only be known when NBN Co completes detailed suburb-by-suburb, region-by-region network designs.