I am pleased that 10,300 premises in Blairgowrie, Lang Lang and Safety Beach are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with construction of the fixed line network now underway.
The nbn will open up a range of new opportunities for businesses, students and residents, allowing people to carry out their daily activities and stay touch with family and friends.
Businesses will be more productive as the nbn enables access to new online services like cloud-based accounting software. Students will be able to participate in immersive learning experiences, from their classroom or at home, while mums and dads will be able to take care of everyday tasks like accessing government services or paying bills quickly and easily online.
Final network designs are now complete and in coming weeks local residents will see nbn subcontractors connecting the area with new high-speed broadband technology.
The Turnbull Government is rolling out high-speed broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, with every home and business in Australia able to connect to the nbn by 2020.
More than 70,000 homes and businesses across Australia are signing up to the nbn every single month.
In the Flinders electorate there are already10,028 premises ready for service and of these, 4,075 have an active nbn connection. A further 47,961 premises are currently under construction.
As nbn construction is completed over the coming months in Dromana, Shoreham and Nyora North, residents and businesses will be able to sign up to an nbn plan with their chosen retail service provider.
More information on how to connect to the nbn is available at www.nbnco.com.au