The National Broadband Network rollout is now on the home straight for Kingston SE, Pinks Beach, Rosetown, and Wyomi, Member for Barker, Tony Pasin announced today, with the old telecoms network in the area set to be decommissioned and replaced by high-speed broadband.

The rollout to this area has been completed in an incredibly short time, with more than 493 making the switch since the NBN went live in the area 18 months ago.

As the old telecoms network is decommissioned, many users on the NBN fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network can expect to experience a boost to their broadband speeds due to the removal of interference issues between old and new network technologies (depending on the internet plan purchased from their retail provider).

“The Coalition Government is keeping household internet bills down and taxes lower by delivering fast, affordable broadband quickly and cost-effectively,” Tony Pasin said.

While the many residents in the area have already made the switch to the NBN, any residents who have not yet switched need to act if they want to keep an operational home phone and internet.

“Switching to the NBN is not automatic. Anyone still using a service on the old telecoms network will have received at least five letters reminding them to switch to the NBN – with the old network set to be decommissioned from 11 May, now’s the time to switch to the NBN,” Mr Pasin said.

There are now 86,553 of premises able to connect to the NBN in the electorate of Barker, a substantial increase from the just 794 of premises able to connect when the Coalition came into Government in 2013.

Mr Pasin said 1,223 residents in Kingston SE, Pinks Beach, Rosetown, and Wyomi, together with 1,046 in Robe and 390 in Beachport can now take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era.

“The National Broadband Network provides a platform for innovation, enables greater productivity and opens up a range of social benefits,” Mr Pasin said.

“NBN plans are available from retailers at a range of price points – from basic home phone plans priced the same as the old telecoms network, up to high-speed broadband plans with unlimited data.”

Nationwide there are now more than 6.3 million homes and businesses able to connect to the NBN, and more than 3.5 million premises have connected.


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