Penrith residents will be able to able to connect to the NBN's broadband in the next few months.
Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, officially rolled out the first National Broadband Network fibre in Penrith.
"The NBN is here and it's happening now. Work is well underway in Penrith and the surrounding suburbs to connect more than 9,100 homes and businesses to the NBN," Senator Kim Carr said.
"People living in these areas will be able to start connecting to the NBN in the next few months, and be among the first Australians to access the NBN's super-fast broadband, bringing benefits for education, healthcare and local businesses."
In addition to Penrith, work is underway in Jamisontown and South Penrith. This construction is expected to be completed during 2013.
"The ability to send and receive big files almost instantly will mean businesses that previously had to base themselves in the city will be able to set up right here in Penrith and bring more jobs to our region,” Bradbury said. "The NBN will be available for similar prices to what people are paying now on the ageing copper network, but will provide a far superior and more reliable service."
Across Western Sydney, the NBN rollout is ramping up, with construction underway for 68,000 homes and businesses. By mid-June 2015, construction will have commenced or been completed for 216,800 homes and businesses in Western Sydney.
Bradbury noted the Government is determined to rollout the NBN to all local residents, however, the outcome of the next election will determine whether or not all local residents will be provided access to the high speed affordable broadband of the NBN.