Government reveals first six locations for backhaul investment

1 Jul 2009

itNews is reporting that the Australian government has announced six priority locations for the construction of backhaul links aimed at eliminating internet blackspots. Following submissions from a range of stakeholders the state has revealed that Emerald and Longreach in Queensland, Geraldton in Western Australia, Broken Hill in NSW, Victor Harbour in South Australia, South West Gippsland in Victoria and Darwin will be the first to receive money as part of an AUD250 million (USD202.5 million) project. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy also noted that further locations for backbone infrastructure investments will be identified later this year. Construction of the new infrastructure is expected to begin in September 2009.