NBN can­vasses fixed wire­less site

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NBN hosted a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion last week to talk with Beech­worth peo­ple about the broad­band roll-out pro­gram and a pro­posal to build a fixed wire­less fa­cil­ity in Beech­worth’s Payne Road above May­day Hills Vil­lage.

Cor­po­rate af­fairs ad­viser Kasey El­li­son said re­cently that the NBN planned to start con­struc­tion early in 2018 to con­nect up to 1900 Beech­worth homes and busi­nesses to the fixed line net­work.

Res­i­dents and busi­nesses have been ad­vised that they should ex­pect to be able to or­der a re­tail ser­vice over the na­tional net­work be­tween July and Septem­ber next year.

The fixed wire­less fa­cil­ity in Payne Road is sep­a­rate from the fixed line net­work.

NBN pro­poses to have it con­structed to ser­vice to pro­vide na­tional broad­band ac­cess to about 200 house­holds and premises on Beech­worth’s out­skirts.

“It is ex­pected that th­ese premises will be able to take ad­van­tage of ser­vices over NBN fixed wire­less early I 2019,” Ms El­li­son said.

But a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the tower is still to be con­sid­ered by Indigo Shire Coun­cil.

It is un­der­stood that if there are no com­mu­nity on­jec­tions to the tower then the ap­pli­ca­tion could go to the coun­cil shortly.

Ms El­li­son said the brief­ing at Quer­cus Beech­worth had been specif­i­cally of­fered for peo­ple to find out more about the pro­posed fixed wire­less ser­vice.

She said many house­holds in the wider re­gion were al­ready el­i­gi­ble to con­nect to na­tional broad­band through the Sky Muster satel­lite ser­vice.

This ser­vice had been avail­able to re­gional and re­mote area Aus­tralians since April last year.

But there are known to be con­cerns in the North East about the speed and cov­er­age of the satel­lite ser­vice, so res­i­dents near Beech­worth hope that they will be able to use the fixed wire­less ser­vice.

House­hold­ers and busi­ness pro­pri­etors can find out when they are el­i­gi­ble to con­nect to the NBN and reg­is­ter for up­dates by us­ing the ‘check your ad­dress’ func­tion at www.nbnco. com.au/switch.

NET­WORK: NBN lo­cal man­ager Amy Ja­bal­lah (right) and Dan Kennedy from one of the in­fra­struc­ture ser­vice providers who have a role in the net­work roll-out at last week’s Beech­worth brief­ing.

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