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Fast broadband for Foster district

PEOPLE living in rural areas around Foster are set to benefit shortly from the rollout of fast broadband.

Construction of NBN Co’s fixed wireless network has just commenced in eleven new sites across Victoria, among them the areas surrounding Foster and Inverloch, making more than 2450 homes and businesses closer to connecting to fast broadband services.

The construction process follows a thorough planning and consultation phase.

Construction of the fixed wireless network has already commenced in the Fish Creek, Toora, Welshpool, Yanakie, Meeniyan, Dumbalk, Alberton and Port Albert districts.

Residents in these areas and the area around (but not including) Foster are encouraged to visit the NBN Co website to see if their home or business is included as part of the coverage footprint via the interactive map at www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/rollout-map.

NBN Co will advise when these sites become ready for service over the coming months.

In parts of Gippsland, including Newry, Longford, Montgomery and the rural surrounds of Maffra, Rosedale, Sale and Stratford, fixed wireless services are already live.

NBN Co will make announcements of new sites as they go into construction.

NBN Co spokesperson Corrie Withers said the fixed wireless service can bring better broadband to the bush.

“More farms, residents and businesses can look forward to having access to faster internet with the NBN expanding its broadband footprint throughout Victoria,” he said.

“For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications. The fixed wireless service is designed to provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities currently take for granted.

“The NBN also means you can get the whole family on line at once, opening up opportunities for local farms, businesses and the wider region to participate in the digital age. Fast broadband can help deliver improved access to health, education and entertainment over high quality video links.”

NBN Co’s wholesale fixed wireless service offers retail service providers download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to five megabits per second.

NBN Co also plans to deliver these wholesale speeds to retail service providers over satellite in rural and remote areas when its Long Term Satellite Service launches, currently scheduled for 2015.

A wide range of telephone and internet service providers are available to connect families and businesses to the NBN, with over 40 providers across the country. To see a full list of those offering services in the region visit www.nbnco.com.au/serviceproviders.

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  1. I live in Port Franklin, a small town I consider to be a rural area “around Foster” and in the Foster district. We are not included in the NBN roll-out and the website believes there are no plans for us Why?

    Posted by Betty Kennedy | March 14, 2014, 1:15 pm
  2. Hi Betty. That is a very good question and as far as I know there are many factors involved in the ‘kind’ of connection you will have.

    I’m hoping that, as you won’t have fibre to your door (Foster will in a few years but Tony Abbot is halting that process) then there are other ways to connect such as satellite and wireless. Wireless (a box on your roof) requires direct line of site to a tower but will be available – we hope – in a few months for all people ‘near’ such towers – I don’t know the distances.

    It helps to call a provider (or several) to get a overall picture. I can recommend Aussie Broadband from experience: http://www.aussiebroadband.com.au/nbn/

    This article may help you too: https://foster.vic.au/nbn-explained/ and

    Posted by Andris | March 18, 2014, 10:39 am