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NBN fixed wireless being rolled out in south-west Queensland

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Joint media release

Senator the Hon John Hogg Senator for Queensland

Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Senator for Queensland

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity

NBN fixed wireless being rolled out in south-west Queensland

Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Queensland Senators, Joe Ludwig and John Hogg, announced today that planning has started to connect more local communities to the National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed-wireless service.

People in south-west Queensland will have access to fast, affordable, and reliable broadband, with over 20,000 homes and businesses across 14 council areas expected to be switched on in stages starting from mid 2013.

Through fixed wireless technology, homes and businesses in theses areas will access wholesale speeds of up to 150 times faster than dial up and eight times faster than ADSL 1.

"For too long, people living in regional and rural Australia have had to put up with slow, unreliable internet connections - if they could get a connection at all. But thanks to the Gillard Government's investment in the National Broadband Network, all Australians, no matter where they live, will have access to fast, affordable, and reliable broadband," Senator Conroy said.

"Through the NBN, the government is also delivering uniform national wholesale pricing. This means people living in the south west of Queensland will pay the same prices for NBN services as people in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne."

An NBN fixed wireless trial, which makes the service available to an area that covers 290 homes and businesses in Toowoomba, is underway. Another 450 premises in areas around Toowoomba will soon be able to order a NBN service in the trial.

For those living outside the fibre and fixed wireless footprints, fast broadband will be available via satellite.

Duty Senator for Maranoa, Flynn, Hinkler and Wide Bay, Senator John Hogg said, "This is great news for locals - the NBN will not only provide a massive boost to internet speeds it will be a huge boost to these communities. The NBN is the future of education, business, entertainment, health and a huge range of other services and people here in southern Queensland who get access to the NBN will be riding on the crest of that wave."

Duty Senator for Groom, Senator Joseph Ludwig, said, "For people living in the Toowoomba areas where NBN fixed wireless is available, I urge them to sign up and experience the faster speeds and reliability it provides.

"This is a truly exciting time for families and businesses who want to get online in regional and rural Australia. Like water and electricity, the Gillard Government sees fast broadband as an essential utility that should be made available to all Australians."

The Gillard Government is prioritising regional and rural Australia for the rollout of the NBN. The majority of NBN construction to date has taken place in regional and rural Australia, while NBN Co has brought forward the introduction of fixed wireless and satellite services so that people in the bush can get access to better broadband as soon as possible.

Date: 22 June 2012 Senator Conroy's office: Adam Sims 0408 258 457 Senator Hogg's office: Senator John Hogg 0419 797 781 Senator Ludwig's office: Katana Smith 0459 813 574

List of councils where fixed wireless planning proposals are expected to be lodged

Balonne Shire Council

Banana Shire Council

Central Highlands Regional Council

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council

Goondiwindi Regional Council

Gympie Regional Council

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Maranoa Regional Council

North Burnett Regional Council

Somerset Regional Council

South Burnett Regional Council

Southern Downs Regional Council

Toowoomba Regional Council

Western Downs Regional Council