Back­flip cuts NBN

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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