South Australians are set to get access to ultra-fast broadband under a $3.5 billion upgrade to the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The major shake-up will lead to 6 million Australian homes given the option to pay extra to access to internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second by 2023.
There is hope in the outskirts of the Adelaide Hills town of Mylor to soon access NBN services after being in limbo for two years.
NBN Co plans to build a wireless tower in the region to service just under 450 premises.
The households were originally promised wireless technology under the NBN roll-out but were assigned NBN Sky Muster satellite earlier this year after negotiations with a local landholder to build a tower fell through.
Federal Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie approached the Minister for Communication, Mr Paul Fletcher, and senior NBN officials and successfully advocated for NBN Co to explore other sites.
“I thought it was completely unacceptable that a technology designed for remote Australia was being imposed on a locality only 20km as the crow flies from the CBD of Adelaide just because NBN Co left planning negotiations to the last minute,” Ms Sharkie said.
A development application has now been lodged with the Adelaide Hills Council for a wireless tower site on SA Water land.
NBN Co has also offered households the option of signing up to the Sky Muster satellite service in the interim and then switching over to wireless at no additional cost.
“I am advised Mylor is one of only a few sites in Australia offered that option during the roll-out phase. Given the demands for home internet during the COVID-19 crisis, this offer is welcome."
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