Feds kickstart rural broadband

The federal government is kick-starting rural broadband with a $250 million initiative

The federal government has moved to fast track the development of the National Broadband Network in regional Australia.

The $250 million initiative will provide backbone fibre-optic cable in areas that have only one backhaul provider.

Those areas include Geraldton in Western Australia, Mt Gambier in South Australia, Broken Hill in NSW, Mildura in Victoria, Mt Isa in Queensland and Darwin in the Northern Territory.

“This $250 million investment demonstrates how serious we are about immediate improvement for services in regional and rural Australia,” said the minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy in a statement.

“High speed broadband will revitalize our regions, provide new job opportunities, drive efficiencies and improve the delivery of social services,” he said.

The minister has released a stakeholder consultation paper to drive the regional backhaul initiative.

Submissions for the stakeholder paper are due by May 12. The minister said that a competitive tender process will commence shortly after this deadline.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Senator Stephen ConroybroadbandNBN

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joshua Gliddon

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?