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February 14, 2018

More than 1000 homes and businesses will be able to connect to the National Broadband Network when work is finished in May.

WE’RE National Broadband Network connected — well, almost anyway.

Construction is underway in Heathcote to connect more than 1,000 homes and businesses to the NBN.

The works will start with crews checking pits and pipes, laying the fibre backbone to the network and also installing node cabinets throughout the area.

Locals are expected to be able to make the switch in May this year, which is well ahead of schedule.

“This is terrific news for Heathcote as it means by May local residents and businesses will have access to a network which is both fast and reliable; something that has been desperately needed in regional and rural Australia for many years,” head of NBN local Victoria and Tasmania, Ebony Aitken said.

“Currently more than 800 residents and businesses on the outskirts of Heathcote are already able to connect to the NBN broadband access network using fixed wireless technology.

“Many premises in the region are also eligible to connect to the NBN broadband access network through the Sky Muster satellite service, which has been available to regional and remote Australians since April 2016.

“Bridging Australia’s digital divide is vital for regional areas like Heathcote, with the NBN broadband access network helping to enable residents and businesses to be more productive, more creative, more efficient and more connected for decades to come,” Ms Aitken said.

With more than 150 phone and internet providers offering NBN plans, it is likely that all Heathcote locals will have an NBN option when it is switched on.

More than 41,000 premises already have access to NBN in the Greater Bendigo region.

The National Broadband Network advised locals that due to civil works required in the construction, residents may experience some disruptions.

NBN is a wireless and satellite infrastructure replacing the existing broadband infrastructure with a faster and more reliable broadband service.

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