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Illawarra to benefit from early NBN rollout



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Illawarra to benefit from early NBN rollout

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy today congratulated Regional Development Australia Illawarra on its National Broadband Network (NBN) submission.

Senator Conroy joined Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird, Member for Throsby Jennie George and Candidate for Throsby Stephen Jones to discuss the rollout of the NBN in the Illawarra region.

“NBN Co has announced the five first release sites for the NBN on mainland Australia and the Illawarra region is included, with Kiama Downs and Minnamurra to be among the first areas to receive fast broadband,” Senator Conroy said.

“NBN Co chose the sites based on a range of criteria such as demographics, climate, existing infrastructure and terrain. NBN Co will be using the first sites to test different construction techniques to suit different geographical regions across Australia.”

Regional Development Australia Illawarra has developed a submission outlining the region’s case to be considered as one of the first mainland locations for the wider roll out of the NBN.

“This submission is the result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders in the region and I am aware that there is widespread support for the NBN across the region,” Senator Conroy said.

“I welcome the submission and will ensure it is delivered to NBN Co to feed into the wider roll out planning work for the NBN.

“In the meantime NBN Co is getting on with delivering high speed broadband in Kiama Downs and Minnamurra, as part of the work on the first release sites.”

Construction on the first release sites is expected to start in the second half of this year, and be complete by early 2011 when services will be available.

NBN Co is currently in the detailed design phase of the wider roll out of the NBN.

More information on the first release sites including maps is available at www.nbnco.com.au

Date: 13 April 2010