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Millions of Aussies to get access to faster NBN

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The Federal Government has announced a $3.5 billion upgrade to Australia’s National Broadband Network.

The Federal Government has announced a $3.5 billion upgrade to Australia's National Broadband Network.

The project is expected to begin within months and will mean up to 10 million Australian homes will be given access to faster internet speeds by 2023.

The NBN has been under heightened pressure during the coronavirus pandemic, with the majority of people working from home.

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The plan will see new high-speed fibre cable laid throughout the country, with Aussies able to access the faster connection for free.

However, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said customers will have to show need for the higher speed connection and the new fibre-to-home service will only be available to those who ask for it.

An NBN cable. Australia's internet is among the slowest in the developed world.

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"If a customer doesn't ask for it, we won't roll the fibre to your home. If the customer demonstrates that he or she has got the demand, then we will roll the fibre [out]," Mr Fletcher told media.

The project is expected to create as many as 25,000 new jobs and will officially be announced today.

Source: 9News

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