THE Baw Baw area is in line to receive the National Broadband Network (NBN) service by September next year.
First published in the 10 April 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
The company responsible for the NBN rollout, NBN Co, has estimated in its national roll-out schedule around 20,000 properties in the region will be able to receive a new fixed line fast internet service.
Localities which will receive a fixed line service include Drouin, Warragul, Darnum, Longwarry, Moe, Nilma, Trafalgar and Yarragon.
A further 3,000 properties will have access to the NBN fixed wireless service.
A fixed wireless service involves a central transmission tower in view of a property providing internet wirelessly, rather than using a wired connection.
The theoretical maximum speed for a fixed wireless service will be 25 megabits per second, while the speed for a fixed line service could reach as high as 100 megabits per second.
Areas set to receive a fixed wireless service include Buln Buln, Heath Hill, Narracan, Hallora, Nyora, Thorpdale, Western and Southern Warragul and Rokeby, among others.
Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the introduction of the NBN, which was initiated by the former Labor government, would create many opportunities for those in regional Victoria.
“The arrival of the NBN will mean that those opportunities will be extended to all Australians, regardless of where they live,” Mr Turnbull said in a media release.
Around 306,000 homes and shops are already connected to the NBN fixed line service with a further 34,000 logging on via a fixed wireless service.
Editor’s note: when this story was first published Warragul was accidentally left off the localities list. Thanks to Jason for pointing out this error.
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