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Broadford is one of many places across Victoria set to be part of the National Broadband Network, NBN, fibre upgrade program, resulting in a high-speed internet service.

The NBN’s fibre upgrade program is supported by the Federal Government, and aims to expand full-fibre access to more than 1.5 million additional premises by the end of 2025.

Along with Broadford, the majority of premises that may be eligible for the upgrade are in regional areas, including South Morang, Whittlesea, Wallan, Kilmore, Seymour, Heathcote Junction, and a large portion of the Macedon Ranges.

Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland said the government was determined to ‘narrow the digital divide’ between major cities and rural communities.

“Our plan for a better NBN will see regional communities benefit the most from world-class, full-fibre broadband, and comes in addition to our work to upgrade the Fixed Wireless network,” she said.

A full-fibre connection to the NBN is expected to allow customers access to higher speed internet, with speeds of up to one gigabit per second a possibility.

An NBN spokesperson said the upgrades would benefit businesses and larger households that used many high bandwidth devices at the same time.

“Customers in those areas will have a range of speeds available to them – but a full-fibre connection to the NBN network offers customers access to the higher speed tiers, which delivers a better, more reliable internet experience for homes and businesses,” the spokesperson said.

“More speed is better for when the whole family is streaming online at the same time – working from home, gaming, and watching movies.”

For a full list of eligible suburbs or to register for updates, visit www.nbnco.com.au/residential/upgrades/fttp-upgrade-with-higher-speed-tiers.