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NBN fixed wireless being rolled out in Moree Plains

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Joint media release

Senator Matt Thistlethwaite Senator for New South Wales

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 Moree Plains

Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Duty Senator for Parkes, Matt Thistlethwaite, announced today that planning has started to connect more local communities to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

People in communities in the local government area of Moree Plains in northern NSW will have access to fast, affordable, and reliable broadband, with around 320 homes and businesses 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 and around Moree will pay the same prices for NBN services as people in Sydney and Melbourne and Brisbane."

Senator Thistlethwaite 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 Moree Plains who get access to the NBN will be riding on the crest of that wave.

"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

Contacts: Senator Conroy's office: Adam Sims 0408 258 457 Senator Thistlethwaite's office: Nick Moncrieff-Hill 0408 687 497