NBN plans fixed wireless roll-out
NBN is to make application to Indigo Shire Council to establish a fixed wireless facility in Beechworth’s Payne Road as part of the broadband corporation’s local service roll- out starting next year.
Corporate affairs adviser Kasey Ellison said NBN planned to start construction early in 2018 to connect about 1900 Beechworth homes and businesses to the fixed line network.
She said people could expect to order a retail service over the national broadband network between July and September next year.
The proposed fixed wireless facility is additional infrastructure to provide national broadband access for about 200 households and premises on Beechworth’s outskirts.
“It is expected these premises will be able to take advantage of services over NBN fixed wireless technology in early 2019,” Ms Ellison said.
“However, this is subject to council approval.”
NBN will host a community information session specifically about the fixed wireless facility – not general broadband services – on September 20.
People are encouraged to attend the session between 3pm and 6pm at 30 Ford Street to ask questions and find out more about the fixed wireless proposal.
“Many premises in the wider surrounding region are also eligible to connect to the NBN through the Sky Muster satellite service,” Ms Ellison said.
The latter service has been available to regional and remote Australians since April 2016.
Householders and business proprietors can find out when they are eligible to connect to the network and register for updates by using the ‘ check your address’ function at www. nbnco. com. au/ switch.