Tatura residents and businesses are expected to be able to plug into the National Broadband Network in May next year.
NBN crews will be on the ground in the coming months, checking pits and pipes, laying the fibre to the network and installing node cabinets throughout the area that will give 1600 homes and businesses the ability to access fast-speed broadband.
Due to the civil works required in the construction of the broadband access network, residents may experience some disruptions.
More than 18000 residents and businesses in Kyabram, Tongala, Stanhope, Girgarre, Rushworth, Merrigum, Undera, Lancaster, Colbinabbin, Rochester and Echuca are already able to order an NBN-powered plan from a phone or internet provider.
NBN local Victoria and Tasmania head Ebony Aitken said this was terrific news for Tatura as it meant the entire community would be fully connected to the NBN broadband access network once construction was complete.
‘‘And for the first time in history people have a choice of speed, so I would encourage everyone to discuss their specific internet needs with their retailer and sign up for the package that is right for them,’’ Ms Aitken said.
‘‘By May next year local residents and businesses will have access to a network that is both fast and reliable; something that has been desperately needed in regional and rural Australia for many years.
‘‘Not only are people online now more than ever before, we’re using it to do more things, such as working from home, setting up small businesses from home, studying online, shopping online and organising our lives online.
‘‘As our lifestyles evolve and we move further into the digital age, fast and reliable broadband will be essential to areas such as work-life, business, health, education, entertainment and leisure.
‘‘Bridging Australia’s digital divide is vital for regional areas like Tatura 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.’’