National Broadband Network: Regional Backbone Blackspots Program
- Online registration form
- Regional Backbone Blackspots Program: Submissions
- NBN: Regional Backbone Blackspots Program—frequently asked questions
- Regional Backbone Blackspots Program: Frequently asked questions (PDF, 972 KB)
- NBN: Regional Backbone Blackspots Program—indicative route details
- Regional Backbone Blackspots Program: Indicative route details (PDF, 973 KB)
- NBN: Regional Backbone Blackspots Program—fast facts
- Regional Backbone Blackspots Program: Fast facts (PDF, 2 MB)
As part of the Australian Government's commitment to deliver a National Broadband Network that will provide high-speed broadband to Australian homes and workplaces, it has invested nearly $250 million to immediately address backbone blackspots throughout regional Australia.
Backbone links are the broadband highways that connect our cities, towns and rural areas to the wider world. Enhancing backbone competition assists broadband and telephony providers to improve the range, quality and prices of the services they offer in regional areas.
The objectives of the Regional Backbone Blackspots Program have been to:
- deliver an immediate economic stimulus
- reduce the cost of broadband services
- put in place key infrastructure for the roll-out of the National Broadband Network.
Construction along all five RBBP links—Geraldton, South West Gippsland, Victor Harbor, Broken Hill and Darwin—is now complete, and a full range of competitive backbone services, is being made available by Nextgen Networks on an open-access and equivalent basis.
The increased competition within the backbone market is encouraging retail service providers to improve the range, quality and prices of broadband and telephony services available to regional Australians. New and improved retail services are now available on all RBBP links, including the 3800 km Darwin to Toowoomba link, which was completed late last year.
- Media release: Darwin, Emerald and Marathon fibre backbone link now open for business
- Media release: New 1150km Broken Hill Broadband Backbone Link now "open for business"
- Media release: Perth to Geraldton fibre optic link now complete
- Media release: Victor Harbor Fibre Backbone Link Complete
- Media release: Faster and cheaper broadband in SA
Maps of the RBBP links
Darwin (NT), Emerald and Longreach (QLD)
Broken Hill (NSW)
Victor Harbor (SA)
South West Gippsland (VIC)
All links (Australia wide)
You can also visit the Initiatives in your area map to see whether RBBP infrastructure has been deployed in your area.
If you would like more information regarding this program, please contact:
Regional Backbone Blackspots Program
Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601