NBN satellites for the "most remote"

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THE Gillard government has announced that the National Broadband Network will spend $620 million on two new satellites to connect some of Australia's most remote towns.

The satellites will be built in California and are due in service in 2015.

According to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, they will provide "dedicated broadband services for the most remote 3 per cent of houses in Australia".

The Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced the government will buy two new satellites to ensure Australia's remotest towns had access to the NBN. Photo: Jessica Shapiro JLSThe contract is part of $2 billion the NBN plans to spend on delivering satellite services to areas outside the reach of its high-speed cables.

At a Canberra press conference, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told journalists: "We won't be leaving those Australians who live in the remotest parts of Australia, behind."


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