- by theguardian
- 24 Mar 2023
Improving the NBN became a key election commitment, with Labor using data-mapping it had insisted become part of Coalition 2020 legislation to help identify key areas to target in the hustings.
On Tuesday the government will announce the expansion of full-fibre access to 1.5m premises by 2025 with a $2.4bn equity investment over four years.
People who have copper connections will have the choice of having a full-fibre connection instead, which will deliver faster internet speeds, with regional Australia one of the first beneficiaries.
Communities in Cecil Hills, Yass and Cessnock are among those set to benefit from the 333,000 identified premises in New South Wales, while in Queensland the 240,000 premise roll out stretches from Bowen to Glasshouse Mountains.
About 215,000 premises have been identified in Victoria including in Bendigo, Gisborne and Clifton Springs and an additional 150,000 homes and businesses in Western Australia will be eligible for an upgrade, including in Margaret River, Denmark and Albany.
In South Australia Mount Gambier and Renmark are among the regions highlighted to share in 120,000 upgrades and in Tasmania, where 45,000 premises will receive the offer, the communities of Huonville and Old Beach make the list.
Upgrade works will also begin in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, where more than 9,000 additional connections will be made.
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