Last year, the Government identified around 1.6 million premises in Australia which had either very poor or no broadband connectivity. These premises have been – and will continue to be – prioritised in the NBN rollout.
In the Far North, many regional users will get broadband via a new satellite that will offer services from early 2016. It’s going to provide a marked improvement, with far higher download speeds of around 25mbps rather than the 1-7mbps currently available.
In the meantime, NBN Co is aware that some users have had their download capacity reduced, as a result of the current Interim Satellite Service being grossly oversold by the previous government.
The new limits are aimed at providing more equitable access, but I will continue to lobby for greater capacity for regional users, especially businesses in remote areas such as the Daintree. If your business has been adversely affected, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, it was great to host Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Cairns where he spoke with local businesses about the potential of the NBN and carried out a site visit.