ABOUT 2200 homes and businesses in Logan Village are gearing up for faster internet connection, with the region expected to be ready for National Broadband Network (NBN) connection by mid-June.
The service, which will be available through fixed line connection, will boost local business, increase education opportunities and help people keep in touch with their loved ones.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said improving the region’s telecommunications was crucial.
“Giving our local Logan Village residents the ability to connect to faster internet will bring relief for many households and businesses which rely heavily on fast internet for their work, their education and keeping connected socially,” he said.
“This is an issue I have championed since before the last election and my advocacy is paying off – this electorate was not even on the 10-year NBN planning map previously but now we have thousands of people benefiting across Wright.”
Mr Buchholz said the 2200 new connections at Logan Village were in addition to construction being under way to connect 5200 premises through fibre to the node technology at Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Jimboomba, Mundoolun and South Maclean.
Those suburbs are expected to be ready for connection by the end of the year.
Additionally, construction is ongoing to connect more than 4000 premises in Beaudesert through fixed line, with connection expected by early 2017.
In other parts of the region, 540 premises are already serviced by NBN fixed wireless in Bromelton, Gleneagle, Veresdale, Tabragalba, Cryna, Josephville, Kerry, Laravale, Tamrookum, Innisplain and Woodhill.
Logan Village retiree Trish Hughes said fast internet was crucial for social connection and lifestyle for many seniors in the region.
“My husband Gavin and I use it for everything – we’re always on the web connecting with our families, seeing what our children and grandchildren are up to, doing our banking and making plans,” she said.
“You’d be surprised at how many elderly people are using the internet as much as we are. Having that sort of access to social connection and services is so important, particularly as you get older, and anything to get us quick internet access is welcome.”
NBN Co Queensland corporate affairs manager Kylie Lindsay said the service was good for everyone.
“Access to fast broadband is designed to provide a range of benefits for homes and businesses such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education tools and more options for on-demand entertainment,” she said.
“Whole families will be able to be online at the same time, using multiple devices and all enjoying the same fast speeds.
“And for businesses, be it e-commerce, sending and receiving files, accessing online services, internet and data security, cloud based sharing or communicating with staff and customers, all aspects will be faster and more efficient with the NBN network.”
For more information visit http://www.nbnco.com.au/