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Households in Sale and Bairnsdale will soon have access to higher speed internet as the National Broadband Network (NBN) continues upgrades across Gippsland.

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said parts of Sale and Bairnsdale would be included in the latest tranche of the NBN’s Fibre To The Node (FTTN) to Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) upgrade program.

“The upgrades mean that households currently served by FTTN will be eligible for FTTP on demand to increase internet speeds,” Mr Chester said.

“The network investment will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises across Australia access to ultra-fast broadband by 2023.”

Mr Chester said the upgrades would improve local accessibility to high speed internet and support those working from home.

“The pandemic has shown us the many benefits of living in the regions and how technology has advanced to a stage where working from home or remotely is a real possibility,” Mr Chester said.

“I am a huge supporter of decentralisation and connectivity is an essential component of this.

“Now is the time to keep investing in our regional community infrastructure and ensure we have the connectivity Gippslanders need.”

Households will be able to start requesting higher speed plans with their chosen internet provider from March 2022.

NBN has already undertaken FTTN to FTTP upgrades in Lakes Entrance and Traralgon.

For further information or to register interest in transitioning to faster speeds visit: Australia’s digital backbone is evolving | nbn (nbnco.com.au).

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