Kyabram and Tongala are now connected to the National Broadband Network with about 2900 local homes and businesses able to experience the benefits of fast and reliable broadband.
Kyabram Chamber of Commerce president Miles Gould said it was early days but he expected most businesses to take it up.
‘‘I will be, I think it will be good opportunity for businesses or residents to renegotiate a better internet deal,’’ he said.
NBN spokesperson for Victoria, Kasey Ellison, said it was exciting news for Kyabram and Tongala.
‘‘It means that homes and businesses are now able to connect to services over the NBN network through their preferred phone or internet provider.
‘‘The community will join more than 5.8million other premises across Australia that are currently able to enjoy the benefits of the NBN, with more than 1.3million of those in Victoria,’’ she said.
‘‘Access to fast broadband is designed to provide a range of benefits such as improved opportunities to work from home, better access to online education tools and more options for on-demand entertainment.
‘‘Businesses will be able to improve their productivity through cloud-based sharing with staff and customers as well as have increased opportunities to access new markets through e-commerce.
‘‘It’s vital that people understand that switching to the NBN is not automatic and they need to contact their preferred provider to place an order for their new internet and phone services.’’
People can find out whether they are eligible to connect by using the ‘check your address’ function at www.nbnco.com.au/switch