IN THE first three years of the National Broadband Network roll-out on the Coffs Coast, just less than 8000 homes and businesses will be connected to high-speed internet access in Boambee, Boambee East, Coffs Harbour, Sawtell and Toormina.
Construction of the fibre network will start this week and continue through to June, 2015.
"The NBN rollout is ramping up and is about to go into high gear," Duty Senator for Cowper Senator Matt Thistlethwaite said.
"In the next three years, 7900 homes and businesses locally will be on the way to having access to fast, reliable broadband through the NBN's fibre network.
The NBN will connect 93% of homes and businesses around Australia to high-speed fibre broadband, capable of speeds of up to one gigabit per second, 7% will have access to high-speed fixed-wireless or next-generation satellite technologies providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.
"The NBN is about more than just faster broadband," Senator Thistlewaite said.
"This is about supporting businesses in Cowper and around Australia to connect to new markets and find new, better ways of working to make their businesses more productive and more profitable.
"It's about families in Cowper getting online to access health and aged care services, it's about people who need government services being able to access those online, and it's about our kids getting access to world class education services, for example by being able to take a class at another school via the NBN."
For more information visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/ and enter your address to see details when the NBN is coming to your area.