Mullewa will finally be able to reap the benefits of a $4 million investment to boost its NBN connection in the next 18 months. The Federal Government announced funding for the town under the regional connectivity program in May 2022. Funding was allocated to upgrade the town’s NBN connection from satellite technology to fibre-to-the-premises, a format that allows for faster and stronger internet connection. Upgrades are confined to the Mullewa townsite, and head of NBN Local WA, Naomi Evans said: “In Mullewa, about 246 homes and businesses will benefit when the NBN access technology changes from NBN Sky Muster satellite service to FTTP, which — alongside the tourism benefits — will help the local agriculture, education, health and service industries.” Ms Evans added: “We understand the importance of ensuring those who need it — no matter where they live — can make the most of access to fast broadband.” The initiative aims to deliver enhanced connectivity under co-funded projects to be built in regional, rural and remote areas and sees funding allocated to “place-based” telecommunications infrastructure projects that help solve local connectivity issues. Newman, Onslow, Kununurra, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing were among the other locations to receive a share of $30 million under the program. Three new macro-mobile sites, a fixed wireless network and upgrades to existing mobile base stations across the electorate also received funding under the program.