High speed nbn option for Border Business

Monday 28 September 2020

Regional Deal Announcement

Local MP Susan Ley has announced Border businesses will soon be able to request a fibre upgrade through their internet service provider at no upfront cost.

According to Ms Ley NBNCo’s Business Fibre Zone is a new initiative announced by the Morrison Government today and covers 85 zones outside of the capital cities, including Albury-Wodonga, Lavington and Wangaratta.

“The launch of this business fibre Initiative really delivers better options for critical I.T. applications including cloud storage and online collaboration, helping our local businesses stay ultra-competitive in the digital age.”

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said the rollout would be a major boost to local businesses. “It comes at a particularly welcome time for businesses who’ve been hit hard by COVID-19.”

“It also perfectly aligns with of our Two Cities One Community Smart Communities Strategy which aims to drive growth in Albury and Wodonga by harnessing the digital technology that will revolutionise our economy and liveability,” he said.

Minister for Regional Communications, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, said the regional Business Fibre Zones in regional centres allows local business the chance to benefit from the transformation to NBN wholesale business pricing, which will bring regional pricing into line with capital cities.

“Businesses within NBN Co’s Business Fibre Zones across the country will have access to CBD zone wholesale prices, driving annual cost savings of between $1,200 and $6,000 for those based outside capital city centres,” Minister Coulton said.

NBN Co’s Business Fibre Initiative is part of a $700 million package to transform the accessibility and affordability of business-grade fibre.

NBN Co will allocate $50 million to help expand these zones by co-investing with local councils and state governments.

More information is available at https://www.nbnco.com.au/campaigns/business-fibre