Government brings forward $23.8 million broadband funding

The Federal Government will make a $23.8 million funding advance to meet the strong demand for the Australian Broadband Guarantee, Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has announced.

The decision to bring forward funding of $23.8 million is to ensure broadband providers can accommodate all new subscribers for the remainder of the financial year, Conroy said in a statement.

“The Australian Broadband Guarantee is an important program and bringing forward funding will ensure more people are able to benefit this financial year,” he said. “It is important that people are able to access broadband services while we deliver the National Broadband Network, and that is why we have brought forward Australian Broadband Guarantee funding for this financial year.”

According to Conroy, the strong demand for the Australian Broadband Guarantee is evidence of a growing demand for better broadband services across the Australia and the need for better services in regional areas.

“The National Broadband Network will ultimately provide high-speed, high-quality services to 100 per cent of Australian homes and workplaces, but it is important that people have access to basic services in the interim,” Conroy said in the same statement.

The decision is part of the Government’s four-year funding commitment to the Australian Broadband Guarantee, and is said to enhance services that are delivered under the program.

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