Homes and businesses in Walgett will soon be able to access fast, reliable broadband services over the National Broadband Network (NBN), with construction of the fixed line footprint in the town now complete.
Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Communications Mark Coulton said the milestone means more local residents and businesses will be able to take advantage of the benefits of fast broadband, such as access to online education and entertainment services.
"I'm delighted to announce that parts of Walgett are now live on the NBN," Mr Coulton said.
"The electorate of Parkes is 85 per cent complete with more than 70,000 premises now able to access services over the NBN.
"Over the coming months, 800 premises in Walgett will be able to access the network, which will help people stay better connected to friends and family near and far and also make it easier for people to run their businesses.
"It's vital that people in the bush are connected, including those in Walgett. This is just another way that we are improving digital connectivity in rural and regional areas.
"There are a range of NBN plans available through retail service providers. Residents should consider the number of internet connected devices people in their home typically use at the same time, then speak to a provider to find a plan that best suits those needs."
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the NBN is continuing to roll out across the nation with between 30,000 and 40,000 new premises connecting to the NBN each week.
"The NBN is lifting the digital capability of Australia, and the Morrison Government wants to see as many Australians as possible having the benefit of fast, reliable broadband services," Mr Fletcher said.
"As the network has rolled out, it has brought with it significant improvements in speed and data allowances, and all the while prices have been steadily dropping."
More than 6.5 million homes and businesses across Australia now have an active NBN connection and are enjoying the benefits of fast broadband.
For the full list of NBN providers visit: www.nbnco.com.au/residential/how-to-connect