NBN available for remote schools, health clinics, local government facilities

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For organisations located outside the National Broadband Network (NBN) coverage area, the federal government has a solution for providing access to faster internet speeds and greater communicative capability.

Yesterday (May 24) the minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy Stephen Conroy announced that remote schools, health clinics, and local government facilities are now eligible to connect to the NBN through the Interim Satellite Service (ISS).

Mr Conroy stated that the eligibility restrictions for the ISS had been extended, to include 250 schools, 800 health clinics and 200 local government facilities in total.

These isolated organisations will now be able to compare phone plans with a view to increasing their web-based operations.

"NBN fibre will be rolled out to over 70 per cent of homes and businesses in regional Australia. By 2015, people living in regional and remote Australia who are outside the fibre footprint will have access to the NBN through fixed wireless or satellite," Mr Conroy asserted.

The ISS has been operating since July 2011, providing rural and regional consumers better broadband services - long-term satellite service will be available in 2015.

Posted by Eve Gillespie