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Telstra signs agreement with Government to switch on ADSL broadband in more than 200 communities.



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159/07 Wednesday 10 October 2007

Telstra signs agreement with Government to switch on ADSL broadband in more than 200 communities

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, announced today that Telstra has signed a funding deed under the Australian Broadband Guarantee to switch on ADSL broadband for the first time in 211 exchanges across Australia.

“As a direct result of funding provided by the Howard Government, households and small businesses in more than 200 regional communities across Australia will gain access to ADSL broadband.

“I welcome Telstra’s participation in the Australian Broadband Guarantee, along with the other 13 applicants that have been approved to supply broadband under the program,” Senator Coonan said.

Today’s announcement will result in broadband becoming available for the first time in communities such as Hoddles Creek in Victoria, Roseworthy in South Australia and Mount Alford in Queensland.

“The Howard Government knows how important access to fast and affordable broadband is for regional communities. The Australia Broadband Guarantee provides a safety net for all Australians who cannot receive an affordable metro-comparable broadband service. Since 2004, more than one and a half million Australians have gained access to affordable broadband for the first time as a result of per customer subsidies from the Howard Government,” Senator Coonan said.

Access to fast affordable broadband will shortly take another leap forward with the roll-out of the OPEL Network, a joint venture between Optus and rural group Elders. OPEL will build a new competitive state-of-the-art broadband network that will extend high speed broadband services out to 99 per cent of Australian premises and provide peak speeds of 12 megabits per second by mid 2009.

Senator Coonan said the Australian Government’s Australia Connected initiative is a seamless plan that guarantees an affordable broadband service for 100 per cent of Australians regardless of where they live.

“This is in stark contrast to the Labor Party who will leave around 25 per cent of the Australian population stranded under its poorly costed and light on detail proposal.

Media Contact: Frank Peppard 0417 061 969

Communities to shortly receive ADSL broadband for the first time under the Australian Broadband Guarantee

NSW

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