Broadband boost for Mid-West and West Midlands

The WA Government will invest an additional $1 million to improve digital connectivity in the Mid-West and West Midlands to drive agricultural jobs in the regions.

The funding will support two projects delivering high-speed, enterprise grade broadband services to an estimated 130 farming enterprises, over an area of 13,500 square kilometres.

The two projects build on the success of the first round of the Digital Farm program, which has delivered high-speed broadband to farmers in the Chapman Valley and North Midlands.

The grants, under the second round of the Digital Farm Grants Program, have been awarded to Geraldton-based wholesale network company, Logic IT Solutions.

The two projects will deliver a fixed wireless network from Geraldton to Mullewa to improve speeds and fill the gaps, along with a fixed wireless network for the Dandaragan area.

The Digital Farm Grants Program is bridging the ‘digital divide’ in regional Western Australia by delivering fast, reliable, affordable and scalable broadband outside the fixed line and fixed wireless National Broadband Network.

The program has extended broadband to more than 1,200 agribusinesses, across 41,000 square kilometres from Kununurra to the Great Southern over the past 12 months under the inaugural round.

Source: WA Government