NBN Co has announced it will enable retailers to access up to 40 per cent additional capacity on the NBN, at no extra charge to support Australians in changing patterns of work and the way they live.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz has welcomed the move to improve capacity and deliver services, at a time when people in his electorate of Wright were experiencing significant changes in the way they work, learn and live due to the impact of Coronavirus.
Mr Buchholz said the NBN had acted to use the additional network capacity, to cope with an increased number of users working from home.
“They (the NBN) are playing a crucial role to provide some normality in our everyday lives, with continuity of service. The internet is crucial to how many Australians are now working, learning and keeping occupied.
“Not to mention, the vital importance of services such as telehealth, which is particularly supporting people that are in a higher risk category, those with chronic illnesses or elderly to get GP consultations from their home via phone or video conferencing – reducing face-to-face contact.
“This is about helping you stay connected at home, to access appointments, to do the grocery shopping, to work or learn.
Providing retailers with access to additional capacity will alleviate the pressures on internet services and provide Australians with access to the internet during these challenging circumstances.
Mr Buchholz said there would be continued disruptions to people’s daily lives in the region and that the internet was an important component in how we adapt.
“We have to work together to stop the spread. We do that by staying home, by working, learning and remaining at home – the internet can help us do that.
“The various communities in Wright, from the Gold Coast hinterland, down to Logan, Tamborine, the Scenic Rim – all the way through the Lockyer Valley to the base of the Toowoomba range, offer a great lifestyle – but for many towns it means some further travel for essential items and services.
“For people in great places like Beechmont, Rathdowney, Mulgowie or Helidon. But this also applies to those in the larger, more populated areas of Mudgeeraba, Beaudesert, Boonah, Laidley, Gatton and Plainland, because ultimately it means supporting people to stay home,” Mr Buchholz said.
“It keeps us connected to family and friends, it can connect us to our workplaces, our schools and universities and it can provide much needed entertainment,” said Mr Buchholz.