Fast broadband for the region

REGION - Around 576 premises in Pomonal, the One Tree Hill area of Ararat and Peterborough are a step closer to accessing superfast broadband, with construction on the fixed wireless network in these areas now underway, according to Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan.

"The fixed wireless network will utilise advanced 4G technology to deliver speeds of up to 25 megabits per second, which will enable multiple high definition videos to be streamed at one time," said Mr Tehan.

"The construction shows the Coalition Government is delivering on its pledge to get the NBN rollout back on track with these three new sites adding to the 25 under construction and three already operational in Wannon.

"Since the election, the fixed wireless network has more than doubled the number of premises it passes, with more than 89,000 homes and business in rural Australia passed by the network.

"Labor had six years in office and delivered almost nothing for Wannon. They promised the world to residents in my electorate, but their handling of the NBN was a slow train wreck."

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Government's plan to deliver better broadband will mean that those in rural Australia are better off under the Coalition.

"A Strategic Review conducted by the NBN Co revealed that Labor had drastically underestimated demand in rural Australia, meaning that 200,000 premises would not have been able to order a service once the networks had been built," said Mr Turnbull.

"The Coalition will invest up to $1.2 billion more in rural Australia to ensure the satellite and fixed wireless networks are able to cope with demand.

"The rollout is happening faster than ever since the Coalition Government took office and trials have started to test other technologies which will dramatically lower the cost and time it will take to deliver fast broadband to all Australians.

"Areas with the worst broadband service will get priority under NBN Co's new rollout strategy which is great news for people in Wannon."

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