NBN canvasses fixed wireless site
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.