Twenty-five central Victorian communities will experience the benefits of the National Broadband Network from today.
However uncertainty still remains about the state of communications infrastructure for the rest of the region.
“Fixed wireless will be switched on today to 2,600 homes in townships including Harcourt, Heathcote, Malmsbury and Tarnagulla,” Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said.
“However, there is still no rollout schedule for bigger centres including Bendigo.
“The uncertainty of the current government on the NBN has meant any developments of the NBN or ADSL have ceased and left many people without basic communications infrastructure around central Victoria.
“My office deals weekly with complaints from members of the community regarding lack of internet connection or mobile reception.
“It’s just not good enough that central Victoria is being left behind when it comes to technology.”
Ms Chesters said the vast majority of people she has met with want the NBN.
“It is clear that people want to be connected to the National Broadband Network,” she said.
“So much of our lives are now online.
“Central Victorians are currently being held back by inferior internet connections and it will continue to get worse under the Coalition Government’s proposed broadband network.
“The proposed network will not be able to meet today's needs let alone future needs. What central Victoria needs is the NBN.”