MORE than 14,000 homes and businesses across the Western Corridor will have access to the National Broadband Network (NBN) early next year.
Federal Minister for Broadband Stephen Conroy helped install the first fibre on Mair Drive at Goodna last Tuesday.
He announced fibre was also being installed at Gailes, Collingwood Park, Redbank Plains, Augustine Heights and Bellbird Park.
Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said after suffering in the 2011 floods, Goodna and surrounding suburbs deserved NBN.
"We lost 600 homes in the flood and the decision to commit to the rollout in Goodna is really great for the suburb," he said.
"The NBN rollout is a fantastic boost for the suburb."
Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll said it was a "truly historical and momentous" occasion, creating many opportunities for the area.
"Not just for local families but also for surrounding schools such as Goodna State School and St Francis Xavier's School who may be able to use technologies like this in the near future," he said.
"The NBN will give Queenslanders access to faster, more reliable broadband at affordable prices, with services starting from as little as $30 a month, with no additional line rental, for a better service.
"High-definition videoconferencing means that kids may be able to take classes that their local school doesn't offer, and people will be able to consult with medical specialists from around the country, without travelling long distances.
"The ability to send and receive big files almost instantly means businesses that previously had to stay in capital cities can set up anywhere, which means opportunities for Queensland and jobs for Queenslanders."
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