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First NBN fibre rolled out in Penrith



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Joint media release

Mr David Bradbury MP Member for Lindsay

Senator Kim Carr Acting Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

First NBN fibre rolled out in Penrith

Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, today rolled out the first National Broadband Network fibre in Penrith, meaning local residents will start being able to connect to the NBN's affordable, fast, and reliable broadband in the next few months.

"The NBN is here and it's happening now. Work is well underway in Penrith and the surrounding suburbs to connect more than 9,100 homes and businesses to the NBN," Senator Carr said.

"People living in these areas will be able to start connecting to the NBN in the next few months, and be among the first Australians to access the NBN's super-fast broadband, bringing benefits for education, healthcare and local businesses."

As well as Penrith, work is underway in Jamisontown and South Penrith. This construction is expected to be completed during 2013.

"It is great to see the streets of Penrith being amongst the first in Australia to receive the NBN," Mr Bradbury said.

"The NBN will map the road for our region's future. Not only will it provide local households and businesses with access to high speed affordable broadband, it will also create countless opportunities in the areas of healthcare and education.

"The ability to send and receive big files almost instantly will mean businesses that previously had to base themselves in the city will be able to set up right here in Penrith and bring more jobs to our region.

"The NBN will be available for similar prices to what people are paying now on the ageing copper network, but will provide a far superior and more reliable service."

Across Western Sydney, the NBN rollout is ramping up, with construction underway for 68,000 homes and businesses. By mid-June 2015, construction will have commenced or been completed for 216,800 homes and businesses in Western Sydney.

Mr Bradbury said the Gillard Government is determined to rollout the NBN to all local residents, however, the outcome of the next election will determine whether or not all local residents will be provided access to the high speed affordable broadband of the NBN.

"The only thing that will stop people in Penrith having the NBN is the Liberals. The choice is simple - support Labor and you'll get the NBN; support the Liberals and you won't."

For more information about the NBN rollout visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout

Date: 18 January 2012 Contacts: Fiona Bastion (Senator Carr's office) 0427 092 100 Adam Sims (Senator Conroy's Office) 0408 258 457 Ashleigh Mullaly (Mr Bradbury's office) 0418 274 428