Backflip cuts NBN
MOSSMAN and Julatten appear at risk of missing out on the fibre optic technology due to a “backflip” by the National Broadbane Network Company.
The company claims its published corporate plan for 2011-13 - which stated the Federal Government’s objectives was to deliver optical fibre to the premises (FTTP) of homes, schools and workplaces in towns “with a population of around 1000 or more people” - is wrong.
Instead of towns with 1000 people or more, the NBN will only be rolled out to towns with 1000 or more premises, with the company blaming the “politicians” for the “misconception”.
The 2011 Census shows there are 824 private dwellings in Mossman.
But Mossman Chamber of Commerce president Kraig Byrne said Mossman would easily make the 1000 premises quota with more than 176 commercial properties, schools and not-forprofit organisations.
Julatten has 1000 residents, but now with the change in definition to over 1000 premises it is unlikely to receive the fibre optic network.