The long wait to bridge the digital divide could soon be over.
A number of homes and businesses in Roma are set to receive an upgrade to their internet in 2016 as a part of the federal government’s NBN rollout plan.
Roma was one of several Western Queensland communities targeted by the NBN Co for construction as well as Dalby, Kilcoy, Fernvale, Toowoomba and Oakey.
As part of the plan for 2016, its hoped more than 55 thousand homes and businesses will see an increase to their level of service through Western Queensland.
Across the state, the estimate is for approximately 616,000.
State Corporate Affairs Manager, Queensland for NBN Co Kylie Lindsay said in a statement that there was a real drive to bring regional Queensland up to speed with the areas that have already been upgraded to the new service.
“2016 is anticipated to see a real ramp up in the construction of the network across our state, which is exciting for the many regions that will see NBN trucks rolling into town,” she said.
“There is no doubt that as the world continues to change, our lives will become increasingly reliant on technology and the NBN network is helping to ensure that Australia keeps pace with other nations.”
NBN access in Charters Towers is limited to the surrounds of the town according to the online rollout map, however that should change when construction begins this year.
In 2015 the number of premises connected in Queensland grew from 15,7571 to 283,714 with an eventual goal of 8 million homes by 2020.