201510.21

All premises on track to get NBN by end of 2017

Wednesday 21 October 2015:

All Dunkley premises are on track to have National Broadband Network (NBN) delivered by the end of 2017 – a decade earlier and far cheaper than expected under the previous Labor government.

To coincide with the announcement of this accelerated plan for Dunkley, I am excited 2,700 premises in parts of Mount Eliza and parts of Frankston South have been switched on today and will be ready for residents to activate shortly. This progress adds to other local active connections in parts of Frankston, Karingal, Langwarrin and Langwarrin South.

In total, the roll out will mean connection of 43,820 premises in Frankston, Frankston South, Frankston North, Baxter, Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Karingal, Mount Eliza, part of Carrum Downs, part of Skye, Seaford and Mornington.

NBN provides fast and reliable internet access. This is critical for our community, particularly for business and industry, which increasingly relies on internet and electronic communication.

As such, securing NBN for our community has long been a focus of mine. I most recently met directly with representatives from NBN Co to discuss solutions for some of the internet ‘black spots’ in Baxter, Frankston South and Seaford. I was dismayed that some members of the community had limited access at best.

I am encouraged the rollout has continued to speed up and progress to meet the needs of our community.  With this announcement, the community can be assured access to reliable, fast broadband will be delivered that will meet the needs and expectations of our community.

The Coalition Government is able to deliver the NBN far quicker and cheaper than the previous Labor government by making use of a range of technologies. This includes using the existing copper and cable infrastructure already provided into homes and businesses.

We also recognise that there was little point overbuilding in some areas which already had high-speed broadband options available, or in dismantling and disposing of existing pay-TV infrastructure that with the help of world-leading software can be easily and cost effectively adapted to be made available for high-speed broadband.  The smarter use of existing infrastructure and targeting of underserviced areas have enabled NBN Co to accelerate the roll-out in areas of need, such as the Mornington CBD.

In the Dunkley electorate, there are already 15,029 premises where an active NBN connection can be achieved in some areas of Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Karingal and Frankston.

Timing for construction of the rest of the roll out will be based on a range of factors, and I will keep the community informed as more specific information is available. You can also go to: http://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/

To watch my speech to Parliament today on this topic, go to: http://bit.ly/NBNDunkley