Residents across the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port, Bass Coast and Phillip Island can see how their suburb rates for internet connectivity through a new website.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) Company has launched the MyBroadband website, which allows residents to enter their address and receive a report on the availability and quality of broadband in their area.
NBN Co will use the MyBroadband website to assess areas poorly serviced by internet access and consider them for priority rollout of the NBN, meaning prioritised areas may receive the NBN up to two years sooner.
This is an important step in securing fast and reliable broadband internet sooner for areas that were previously at the bottom of the list to receive the NBN.
I have had many residents come to me with concerns over inadequate access to broadband internet or download speeds as slow as dial-up.
In this era where we rely on the internet for everything from paying bills to completing further study, having fast and reliable internet is imperative.
The Government has also released the full Broadband Availability and Quality Report, which shows up to 1.6 million premises throughout Australia have either no broadband or very poor broadband connectivity – with peak median download speeds of less than 4.8 megabits per second.
Data has been taken from the major telecommunications carriers and compares broadband quality and availability to homes and businesses in more than 78,000 local areas across Australia.
NBN Co has been provided with the analysis and will prioritise work in under-serviced areas where it is logistically and commercially feasible.
To check the service availability and quality of internet in your area, visit the MyBroadband website at www.communications.gov.au/mybroadband
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