Nearly 1500 homes and businesses near Dubbo can now access the fast broadband internet that remains out of reach for most residents within the city.
NBN Co yesterday marked the completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN) solution for Dubbo's rural and regional residents - fixed wireless.
The technology is designed to deliver internet speeds often taken for granted in capital cities, NBN Co's Tony Gibbs said.
The milestone was celebrated by NBN Co, academic and businesswoman Cath Osborne who can work "more efficiently" now that her Eulomogo home is connected to the NBN, and Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson at an official switch-on ceremony.
It also led Cr Dickerson to anticipate a strong take-up of the service could assist in bringing high-speed broadband using fibre to the premise (FTTP), or home, to the rest of Dubbo.
After last year's election in September the new federal government announced a series of reviews into the delivery of the NBN, which halted the installation of FTTP, the previous government's option for 93 per cent of premises.
This week Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and finance minister Mathias Cormann issued a new statement of expectations to the board of NBN Co, effectively cementing a multi-technology mix as the best option for building the network.
Cr Dickerson said yesterday there was still no answer on what was happening at Dubbo and that he continued to communicate with Parkes MP Mark Coulton and the office of Mr Turnbull.
He said he would report on the response to the network from Dubbo's surrounds to NBN Co.
"So hopefully, seeing the uptake, the uptake has been very good so far, for NBN wireless but also just seeing the amount of interest there is in Dubbo for FTTP I hope that keeps pushing and pushing to the point where we do get the announcement soon, hopefully, that FTTP will roll out in Dubbo."
The mayor said residential estates Southlakes and Delroy Estate had made use of the opportunity provided by NBN Co to install the NBN in greenfield developments of more than 100 houses.
Southlakes Estate announced this week it was on track to connect its 100th house to the NBN in July - less than three years after the first house was connected.
Southlands Developments general manager Mark Stanford said Artesian Court in the estate was Dubbo's first address with fibre optic to the house NBN connection. Feedback received indicated the download speeds were great for family entertainment but the "real winners" were telecommuters and students working and studying from home, he said.