WORK has begun on delivering the National Broadband Network (NBN) to everywhere surrounding Wangaratta, but not the city itself.
NBN Co plans to invest more than $2m in the initial phase of bringing fixed wireless broadband to the region.
Winners from the planned developments are the townships of Milawa, Glenrowan, North Wangaratta, Killawarra, Oxley, Moyhu, Peechelba and Everton.
The areas will receive fixed wireless broadband from mid-2015 onwards, while a date is yet to be set for Wangaratta to be brought on line with faster fibre broadband, which will involve infrastructure being built into every street in the city.
NBN Co, through its subcontractor, Aurecon, has submitted nine planning permit applications to the Rural City of Wangaratta to install communications towers around the district.
Each tower costs about $250,000 to build and will reach between 30m and 50m in height, with some mono poles and the bigger ones lattice towers.