Up to 9,000 homes in rural Australia will be able to access broadband internet under a New National Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme announced by the Government this week.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the initiative further strengthened the Coalition Government’s commitment to connect regional areas to the internet.
“Already in the electorate of Pearce we are seeing the construction of fixed wireless networks in the Shires of Beverley, Northam, Toodyay, Chittering and Gingin starting to get underway,” Mr Porter said.
“And now with the new NSS Scheme even more Pearce residents may be able to obtain subsidies for the installation of equipment within their home so they can receive a satellite broadband service.”
Mr Porter said the NSS is intended to provide support to residents within rural Australia until the NBN Co Long Term Satellite service solution comes online, currently scheduled for 2015.
The Scheme is expected to offer wholesale peak speeds of up to 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload as a temporary solution until the Long Term Satellite service comes online.
End users will be eligible if they cannot currently access a commercial broadband service and have never had an NBN Co Interim Satellite Service or a subsidised satellite service provided under the former Australian Broadband Guarantee.
Further information on eligibility criteria can be accessed at www.nbnco.com.au/satellite.