"The Government is moving rapidly to deliver the National Broadband Network and will start work on high-speed infrastructure for an initial six priority regional locations," said Conroy.
"This immediate action will result in new high-speed backbone links to stimulate competition and better broadband services in regional Australia," he added.
Part of the government's NBN strategy is to bring competition to areas that are under-serviced (in terms of backbone connections) by a single incumbent provider. The idea is that this will encourage more ISPs to offer broadband in these areas.
Competitive tenders for the construction, operation and maintenance of the links have been called. The government is fast-tracking the $250 million investment, and expects construction to begin by September.
"Subject to the outcome of the first round tender, more locations will be identified later in the year," added Conroy.