Stawell homes and businesses benefit from broadband

STAWELL - More homes and businesses in Stawell will now have access to the national broadband network, ensuring faster internet services.

Following an extensive consultation phase, service provided NBN Co has announced that across the state, more than 1100 homes and businesses can now switch on the NBN and 3,650 more premises have taken a step closer to connecting to fast broadband.

This planning and consultation phase has led to NBN facilities being able to service more than 2,500 farms, homes and businesses across parts of Stawell and the Grampians. Faster internet services will also be available to residents in Rupanyup as part of the latest rollout.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map to find out if their premise is included in the coverage footprint. If so, they should contact their service provider to get connected.

NBN Co has also announced that the NBN has gained further momentum in rural and regional Victoria, with physical construction commencing on 13 new fixed wireless installations.

NBN Co spokesperson, Corrie Withers, said the fixed wireless service aims to bring better broadband to the bush.

"For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications," he said.

"The fixed wireless service is designed to provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities currently take for granted.

"The NBN also means you can get the whole family online at once, opening up opportunities for local farms, businesses and the wider region to participate in the digital age.

"Fast broadband can help deliver improved access to health, education and entertainment over high quality video links."

On average, it takes around 12 months from the start of construction until residents and business owners can order NBN retail services from telephone or internet service providers.

More information will be provided to residents about how to connect as construction nears completion in each area.

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