Farrer MP Sussan Ley has welcomed news that homes and business in Leeton will soon have access to faster and more reliable internet access, with construction of the National Broadband Network getting underway.

“With final network designs for Leeton now complete, over coming weeks we will see nbn subcontractors connecting the town with new high-speed broadband technology,” Ms Ley said.

“The arrival of this fast fixed line (fibre-to-the-node) internet will open a new digital era for more than 3,000 homes and businesses across town, complementing local nbn fixed wireless towers and the Sky Muster satellite serving outlying areas.”

Fixed line delivers wholesale internet speeds at a guaranteed minimum of 25 megabytes per second (Mbps – download speeds to retail services) which is three to four times faster than many existing ADSL broadband connections.

According to Leeton Shire Mayor Paul Maytom “being digitally capable in areas such as education, medicine and business will support us to kick even bigger goals. The Shire is particularly thrilled that fibre-to-the-node is being extended into Vance Estate which opens up further opportunity for local industry.”

Construction of Leeton’s fixed line network will mean most key towns in the north east corner of Farrer should have access to nbn during the first half of 2017 – this also includes Griffith, Narrandera, Darlington Point and Hillston through to Hay and Balranald.

The Turnbull Coalition Government is rolling out high-speed broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, with every home and business in Australia to be able to connect to the nbn by 2020.

More information on how to connect is available at www.nbnco.com.au or call 1800 687 626.