The Federal Government has announced the third stage of funding for NBN Tasmania, which will see a further $100 million in funding used to roll out high speed broadband to 90,000 premises in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.
According to the minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, 40,000 premises in Hobart, 30,000 in Launceston and 10,000 in each of Burnie and Devonport will gain be connected to the NBN.
The first stage of the rollout of the NBN in Tasmania began in July last year with the release of an open competitive tender for fibre optic cable by Aurora Energy.
According to Conroy, Stage One of the rollout to the townships of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point was well underway and with the towns on track to start receiving services from July this year.
Stage Two, announced in October 2009, saw Sorell, Deloraine, George Town, St Helens, Triabunna, Kingston Beach, and South Hobart added to the network.
The stage also saw the addition of backbone optic fibre transmission links on the East Coast, to Kingston and to a new industrial hub being developed at Westbury. Further stages and funding are expected to be announced.
In August the Tasmania NBN Co Limited (TNBN Co) was established to roll out and operate the National Broadband Network in Tasmania.
The TNBN Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of NBN Co, appointed its first four Board directors: Doug Campbell, Alison Terry, Jody Fassina and Greg McCann, who will be executive chairman.