I am pleased to announce that superfast broadband connections has been switched-on in Phillip Island, with the first nbn services now available to around 2,000 homes and businesses.
This marks the first nbn areas to go live on Phillip Island with a further 3,700 homes and businesses due to come online in the next two months. Construction will commence for a further 9,000 homes and businesses by August this year and will come online in early 2017.
I encourage residents and businesses on Phillip Island to take advantage of Australia’s new digital era. The nbn’s high-speed broadband services are fast, reliable and at affordable prices, enabling households and smalls businesses to be more productive and better connected for years to come, as well as assisting students and people working from home.
Under Labor at the time of the 2013 election, not a single existing home or business in the electorate of Flinders was connected to the nbn. Labor’s approach to the nbn will see Flinders families and small businesses pay more and wait longer.
The Coalition’s management of the nbn will see the network completed six to eight years sooner nationwide than under Labor’s plan and at around $30 billion less cost.
The Coalition’s faster and more affordable nbn is on-track and will be ready-for-service, or under construction, in every town in the electorate by September 2018. The construction phase has taken only six months from start to finish on the first areas of Phillip Island and broadband bills will remain affordable.
Residents and businesses in Sunset Strip, Surf Beach and Smiths Beach can begin ordering superfast internet and phone services through their existing provider or make the switch to a different retailer as the nbn is a wholesale network. The fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services will deliver maximum wholesale speeds to retail services providers of up to 100Mbps (download) and up to 40Mbps (upload).
Find out more about what’s involved in getting connected on the nbn website at: www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business