The National Broadband Network (NBN) is now available to half of all Australian homes and businesses including about 36% of premises in Forde, Federal Member Bert van Manen announced today.
The national halfway mark is a significant milestone in the journey to provide all Australians with access superfast broadband by 2020.
“In the electorate of Forde, the NBN is already available to thousands of homes and businesses with a large proportion of those signed up and enjoying the benefits of superfast broadband,” Mr van Manen said.
“This is a great milestone for the NBN both nationwide and for people living in Forde.”
When the Coalition came into Government in 2013, fewer than 300,000 premises nation-wide had access to the NBN and just 51,000 premises had an active service. Under Labor, the NBN rollout missed every rollout target it was set.
In the electorate of Forde, just 789 premises were able to connect to the NBN in September 2013. Today, that figure has risen to 33,228.
The rapid rollout of the NBN will provide every home and business in Australia with minimum wholesale broadband speeds of 25 megabits per second, ensuring that all Australians can access the benefits of high-speed broadband for education, business, entertainment, and much more.
Thanks to the Coalition’s faster, more affordable NBN rollout, more than 11,000 premises have become ‘ready for service’ on the NBN every working day over the past year. The number of premises able to access the NBN has doubled in the same period.
Residents of Forde can visit www.nbnco.com.au for information about network availability at their address.
The website also provides information about retail service providers and other details to assist consumers in planning and arranging their move to the NBN.