NBN rollout in Durack near complete
July 16, 2018
The Electorate of Durack has successfully made the transition to Australia’s next-generation broadband service.
It is expected that by the end of August 2018, the National Broadband Network will be available to more than 99 percent of premises spread across an electorate landmass of more than 1.6 million square kilometres.
This has occurred in an incredibly short time, with the NBN made available to more than 95,000 premises over the past 18 months.
Member for Durack Melissa Price said almost all residents in Durack can now take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era.
“In coming years the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network will provide a platform for innovation and enable better productivity and social benefits to all Australians, regardless of where they live,” Ms Price said.
The rollout of the NBN network is one of the most complex infrastructure projects to be undertaken in any market across the world.
“The Federal Government has delivered fast, affordable broadband to Durack years sooner and at significantly less cost compared to Labor's failed rollout.
“This approach means household phone and internet bills won’t go sky-high,” said Ms Price.
Changes to Labor’s original rollout have prevented monthly internet bills increasing by up to $43 per month and saved around $30 billion in project funding.
Under the Federal Government, there are more than 6.8 million homes and businesses able to order an NBN service, and more than 4 million paying customers connected. This compares to just 51,000 connections in the six years of the previous Labor Government.
The legacy network will be progressively decommissioned over the next few years, meaning that all future connections of fixed line phone and internet services in Durack will only be able to connect via the NBN.