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Australia : NBN services launched across Tasmania.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, together with Julie Collins, the Member for Franklin, and Senator Catryna Bilyk, Senator for Tasmania, today launched twenty new NBN services across Tasmania that will help the state take full advantage of the National Broadband Network.

Eight new Tasmanian NBN Digital Hubs, seven Digital Enterprises, and five Digital Local Government Programs came online, with their services highlighted by a high-definition video conference that used the NBN to linked six locations across the state.

The digital hubs, enterprises, and local government programs will:

Provide thousands of Tasmanians with expert advice on how to get online and improve their digital skills.

Train businesses and not-for-profit organisations on how to use the NBN to boost productivity and build their online capabilities.

Help local governments improve services in their communities using the NBN.

"Tasmania is on-track to become the first state to be fully connected to the NBN, giving it an advantage over the rest of the country in realising the NBN's potential," Senator Conroy said.

"The NBN, however, is just the platform. The Gillard Government's digital initiatives will help unlock its benefits by making sure that local residents, community groups, councils and businesses experience what the NBN has to offer."

"Across Australia, this program has already completed 1453 training sessions to 11,405 participants and organisations, with more than 3,300 one-on-one training sessions also being held."

"The Kingston Beach Hub is already helping people in the local community," Ms Collins said.

"Today we heard Rhonda's story. Before she came to the Digital Hub she had never used a computer. Now she's getting online, has sent her first email, and is looking forward to getting connected at home.

"One of the best things Governments can do to boost the economy and create jobs in Tasmania is to invest in the future through training and infrastructure in the digital economy."

Sorell Council's online emergency management service is already using the NBN for videoconferencing and advanced mapping capabilities, as well as helping facilitate information sharing between those involved in emergency management and recovery situations.

"Elements of this service were used during last months bushfires in Tasmania and the system will also be part of the recovery phase," Senator Conroy said.

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