Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, was today joined by Senator for the ACT Kate Lundy, and Federal Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh, to officially switch on of the NBN in Gungahlin in the ACT.
“Around 4000 homes and businesses can now connect to the NBN’s superfast broadband in the ACT, with work already commenced for another 19,500 premises in Gungahlin and surrounding suburbs,” Senator Conroy said.
“It was great to showcase the benefits of the NBN, by taking part in a language class via a high-definition video link with students from the Harrison School in the ACT and the Chitosei Senior High School in Japan.
“This is an example of why the superfast speeds and connectivity provided by the NBN are essential if Australia is to achieve its goals of embracing the Asian Century.
“Like Australia, Japan understands the importance of future proofing their broadband infrastructure through fibre to the home technology.”
“By building the NBN, the Government is ensuring that in the areas of education, health care, small business, and agriculture, Australia is not left behind the rest of the world,” Senator Lundy said.
“Today’s switch on is great news for residents living in Gungahlin and shows the rollout of the NBN is really ramping up in the ACT.”
The Government also launched the Gungahlin Digital Hub and Enterprise, which will provide expert advice to individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations about understanding the possibilities of the NBN, while helping businesses create the jobs of the future and compete nationally and globally.
“This is a great initiative, which will help all of us in the ACT take full advantage of the NBN and all the benefits that it offers.”
There are more than 34,000 Australians who are already connected to the NBN.
For more information about the NBN rollout visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout
Date: 1 February 2013
Contacts: Adam Sims, Senator Conroy’s Office, 0408 258 457
Angie Drake, Senator Lundy’s Office, 0408 092 016
Courtney Sloane, Andrew Leigh’s Office, 0407 905 709