Broad­band still 10 years away

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

PORT Dou­glas will be con­nected to the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work’s fi­bre roll­out - but may have to wait up to 10 years to join the tech­nol­ogy rev­o­lu­tion.

How­ever, the rest of the Dou­glas re­gion will be able to ac­cess the net­work through fixed wire­less and satel­lite ser­vices by 2015.

The Na­tional Broad­band Net­work Com­pany will be in Port Dou­glas to meet with key stake- hold­ers and in­dus­try/or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss when and how the re­gion will tap into the NBN to­mor­row.

NBN Co community re­la­tions ad­vi­sor Tony Gibbs said it’s only at the plan­ning and de­sign phase and any new in­fra­struc­ture that has to be built is sub­ject to plan­ning ap­provals.

“The great thing about both fixed net­works is they are rolled out a lot faster than the fi­bre and ar­eas go­ing to re­ceive fi­bre don’t get in­terim ser­vice un­til the fi­bre is rolled out,” he said.

“To be fair ar­eas rolling out both fixed and satel­lite are the most poorly served ar­eas in the coun­try and we’re ad­dress­ing in­struc­tions to build in re­gional and re­mote ar­eas as well as metro and we’re do­ing that with fixed wire­less and satel­lite.”

The com­pany is launch­ing two new satel­lites to ser­vices high speed broad­band but in the mean­time there is al­ready an in­terim satel­lite ser­vice avail­able for peo­ple who are el­i­gi­ble to get onto the NBN, visit www.nbnco.com.au to fig­ure out el­i­gi­bil­ity.

For an in-depth in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on what ex­actly the Dou­glas re­gion will be re­ceiv­ing, el­i­gi­bil­ity and what it means firstly for key stake­hold­ers go to the Port Dou­glas community hall this Fri­day from 10am to meet with the NBN Co, contact coun­cil on 4044 3366 to reg­is­ter the free briefing ses­sion.

Mean­while, de­lays have oc­curred in the up­grade of the Dain­tree Vil­lage and Alexan­dra Range tele­vi­sion trans­mis­sion sites to the dig­i­tal net­work.

Both sites were meant to be up­graded to dig­i­tal this month, how­ever Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s li­cence to trans­mit a dig­i­tal sig­nal has been stalled.

The Dain­tree Vil­lage trans­mis­sion site will now be up­graded on Au­gust 17 while those north of the river will have to wait un­til the end of the year.

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