Gungahlin the best connected town in ACT
More than 14,000 Gungahlin households can now place an order to be connected to the NBN.
More than 14,000 Gungahlin households are about to be connected to the national broadband network.
This first section of Canberra to have access to the government-provided system will get letters early this week telling them NBN Co has laid optical-fibre cable in their streets.
The letters will include information about contacting NBN Co to have the service connected to homes in Ngunnawal, Harrison, Amaroo, Nicholls and Palmerston, along with some addresses in Mitchell, Watson and Lyneham.
An official ''switch on'' is expected to be held in a resident's home in coming weeks.
Within the next three years, the network is expected to reach all parts of Canberra.
Labor's Andrew Leigh, whose Fraser electorate covers Gungahlin, will be signing up for the network as soon as he can.
''Like many Canberrans, I'm a heavy internet user,'' he said on Sunday. ''I'm delighted that many Gungahlin residents can now contact NBN Co to get their home connected.
''We know already from the experience in other parts of Australia that plans will be available at prices comparable to or lower than those people are currently paying.
''Superfast broadband will transform Australia as much as the telegraph, railways and highways did for previous generations.
''With high-definition video-conferencing, it will be possible to see a medical specialist on the other side of the country, watch a lecture in real time or connect two businesses.''
The federal government has provided more than $1 million to establish a digital hub in the Gungahlin Library. It will be run by the ACT government as a demonstration and training room.
Canberra Raiders' sponsor Huawei Australia has been excluded from contributing to NBN Co on the advice of ASIO.