Victoria gives $1m to regional broadband project

Victoria gives $1m to regional broadband project

The Victorian government will contribute $1 million to a project that aims to boost access to broadband telecommunications in the Pyrenees and Northern Grampians regions of the state.

Announced by Information and Communication Technology Minister, Marsha Thomson, it will enable Victorian business operators, hospitals and the community in those areas to gain access to fast broadband services including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), videoconferencing, telemedicine and toll-bypass voice services.

Thomson said the region’s wineries and tourism industry would particularly benefit from the services, which would make electronic business (eBusiness) possible.

“Broadband services also have the potential to deliver enormous benefits to the region’s health sector through eHealth applications such as remote diagnosis, overcoming the distance barrier,” she said.

The project is funded through the $10 million Customer Access Network Demonstrations Program (CANDP), which is aimed at supporting the development of alternative broadband telecommunications infrastructure in rural and regional Victoria.

Telecommunications carrier, Omniconnect, will build, manage and market services for the Pyrenees/Grampians CANDP project.

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