Rocky in latest NBN rollout plan

BREAKING 10.30am: Rockhampton is one of the centres included in a three-year National Broadband Network roll out plan for Queensland.

NBN Co today announced the largest stage of the National Broadband Network rollout to date, and more than 630,000 Queensland homes and businesses are included in the three-year plan.

Over the next three years the fibre optic component of the network will be in the process of being rolled out to or operating in around 300 communities in towns and suburbs across the state - including Rockhampton, Mackay and other areas of Central Queensland.

At a national level, over the next three years, construction of the fibre optic component of the network will be underway or completed in areas containing 3.5 million premises in 1500 communities in every state and territory in Australia - up to one third of the nation's homes and businesses.

The latest communities to benefit from the vital upgrade to Australia's communications infrastructure were announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard at an event in Sydney this morning.

The inaugural three-year rollout schedule encompasses major regional centres and country towns as well as suburbs of Brisbane.

See tomorrow's print edition of The Morning Bulletin for a comprehensive report on who will get it, the cost, the benefits and what it means to  us as a community.



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