Around 81,000 Canberra and Queanbeyan homes are a step closer to having national broadband network access, with a raft of suburbs announced to have construction on the broadband network commence by next September.
The figure was given by nbn (formerly NBN Co) on Thursday as part of a new three-year plan for its national roll out.
Once the construction is completed, it will bring the number of Canberra homes with NBN access to around 134,000.
About 60 ACT suburbs were named in the latest construction roll out, broken down into "regions" the NBN labelled Bonner, Civic, Deakin, Kambah and Scullin, and another 10 suburbs in Queanbeyan.
nbn construction on an additional 4500 homes in the Queanbeyen and Jerrabomberra will begin in February next year.
The nbn wants to start or complete internet upgrades for 9.5 million homes and businesses across Australia by the end of 2018 in a move that could force a future Labor government to complete the Coalition's version.
Under the Coalition, the faster fibre to the home system was abandoned in favour of the cheaper fibre to the street cabinet.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the network was "powering ahead".
"For the first time, the rollout forecast includes metropolitan areas containing almost three million premises across six Australian cities, where existing hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable networks will be upgraded and integrated into the nbn," he said.
"By using the existing copper and cable infrastructure running into homes, nbn can complete the network far sooner and at dramatically lower cost to taxpayers."
Last Month Liberal senator Zed Seselja said the network was well under way in the ACT, with more than 31,000 premises currently passed, another 14,000 under construction and more than 56,000 premises to start construction in the ACT during the next 18 months.
Gungahlin was granted early access to the NBN - using fibre to the home - by the federal Labor government because of the inferior telecommunications infrastructure installed when the suburb was built.
However the south of the ACT is missing out on broadband, according to Gai Brodtmann, the Member for Canberra, who says suburbs like Monash and Theodore have the lowest rating in the country for availability and quality of broadband.
ACT suburbs announced in three-year NBN roll out
Bonner: Bonner, Casey, Forde, Hall
Civic: Acton, Ainslie, Braddon, Campbell, City, Dickson, Downer, Hackett, Lyneham, O'Connor, Reid, Turner, Watson
Deakin: Chapman, Chifley, Curtin, Deakin, Duffy, Fisher, Garran, Holder, Hughes, Lyons, Phillip, Rivett, Stirling, Tharwa, Waramanga, Weston, Yarralumla
Kambah: Farrer, Isaacs, Kambah, Mawson, O'Malley, Oxley, Pearce, Torrens, Wanniassa
Scullin: Acton, Charnwood, Dunlop, Evatt, Florey, Flynn, Fraser, Hawker, Higgins, Holt, Latham, Macgregor, McKellar, Melba, Page, Scullin, Spence
Queanbeyan: Crestwood, Greenleigh, Hume, Jerrabomberra, Karabar, Oaks Estate, Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan East, Queanbeyan West, The Ridgeway
For more information on the anticipated technology and expected time of commencement, visit the nbn website.