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Stephen Conroy was noticeably chuffed at the network's smooth roll-out to date. "This demonstrates that the Gillard Government is getting on with delivering the National Broadband Network for all Australians, no matter where they live," he said.
"In previous generations the delivery of rail and telegraph heralded a new era in connectedness for regional and remote Australians. In the 21st century the delivery of optical fibre backbone links heralds an opportunity to close the digital divide once and for all... The RBBP is delivering the first building blocks of the NBN on mainland Australia."