19 June 2020

NBN switched-on for 10,000 more homes in Gungahlin

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More areas in the Australian Capital Territory are getting access to the National Broadband Network’s reliable, high-speed broadband thanks to the Gillard Government.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today joined Labor ACT Senator, Kate Lundy, and the Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh, to officially switch on NBN fibre services to another 10,700 premises in Gungahlin.

“It’s fantastic to see there are now around 14,700 homes and businesses in Amaroo, Franklin, Harrison, Mitchell, Ngunnawal, Palmerston and Watson that are able to connect to the NBN.” Senator Conroy said.

“I urge everyone who can to sign up to the NBN. The people of Gungahlin are already embracing what the NBN has to offer, with more than 50% of households signing up for an NBN service in one area that was switched on only six months ago. This is one of the fastest take-up rates in Australia.”

“The rollout of the NBN will transform the way people in Gungahlin live, work and learn.” Senator Lundy said.

“People on the NBN are paying less or about the same as what people are paying now, but the NBN providing a vastly superior service.”

“I was a bit sceptical about the NBN, but we kept going over our 5 gig data allowance on our old plan. When I went to the Telstra shop to ask about getting more data, they said they could switch us to the NBN,” said David Hohnke, a Gungahlin resident who is connected to the NBN.

“On our old connection, if I wanted to download a file for work or uni, I had to kick the kids off the internet. Now even with 5 smartphones, 3 T-Boxes, 2 laptops, 2 tablets an Xbox and a Playstation in our house, the NBN doesn’t slow down.

“We’ve gone from a 5 gig data allowance to 200 gig – and with everything bundled together it’s saving us about $60 a month.

“I’d definitely recommend it for other families – the NBN is giving us a lot more flexibility.”

“The NBN opens up huge opportunities for our community, including the creation of local jobs. It means reduced costs for families and the opportunity to improve productivity for our businesses,” Dr Leigh said. “Only under Labor will all Canberrans get the fast, affordable broadband future they need. Under the Coalition, there will be a digital divide in every suburb.”

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