NBN is now live in Cowra

Residents of Cowra and the surrounding area are set to enter the internet fast lane according to the Nationals’ MP and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack, as the whole town is now fully live with both fixed line and wireless National Broadband Network (NBN), making superfast broadband available to almost 5000 homes and businesses.

“This is great news for those residents and small business operators in Cowra who can now take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Coalition Government’s NBN will boost productivity and provide a platform for innovation to ensure the economic and social benefits of the internet are available to everyone regardless of whether they live in the city or the regional areas of the country.

“The development of digital technologies has reduced business costs, changed how our children learn and study and made sure we can connect and engage socially in more ways than we ever imagined.

Cowra is now connected to the NBN using both fixed line and wireless technology. Almost 4000 premises can now connect to the fixed line service which offers speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Fixed wireless technology is available to those outside of the township, offering wholesale download speeds of up to 50 Mbps, more than twice as fast as ADSL2+ services experienced in metropolitan areas.

“Given that under the Coalition Government’s broadband policy, NBN has shaved years off construction time which will see the NBN connected to 3 out of every 4 homes and businesses in Australia in 2018, I encourage everyone in the Riverina and Central West to research what options are available to them in their area and consider signing up to this next generation technology to take advantage of all its benefits,” Mr McCormack said.  

Under the Coalition, there are more than 3.2 million homes and businesses able to order an NBN service, and more than 1.3 million paying customers have connected. This compares to just 51,000 connections in the six years of the previous Labor Government.

It typically takes a couple of weeks to connect to the NBN after placing an order and new in-home equipment will be required that is compatible with the faster NBN service. To connect to the NBN contact your preferred phone or internet provider and for more information on the NBN visit www.nbnco.com.au or call 1800 687 626.

Cristy Houghton