Leu irked by tardy nbn roll­out to Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

DOU­GLAS Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu has ques­tioned the pace of the roll out of the nbn net­work fol­low­ing a new roll­out plan that shows Port Dou­glas is not sched­uled to be con­nected un­til the first quar­ter of 2017.

On ra­dio this week she said she had been “fol­low­ing up” with War­ren Entsch [MP for Le­ich­hardt] re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the nbn.

Ms Leu said the pace of the roll out had been dis­ap­point­ing. “Ev­ery week that goes by there’s a need for re­li­able, fast and very ef­fec­tive communications. It is para­mount.”

Nbn is slated for 6520 homes and busi­nesses in Dou­glas.

The new roll­out plan, which ex­tends out to Septem­ber 2018, pro­vides a breakdown of when the net­work will be start­ing in spe­cific lo­ca­tions and the type of tech­nol­ogy that will be used.

In Dou­glas, 5000 homes and busi­nesses in Craiglie and Port Dou­glas will ben­e­fit from the up­grade to Fi­bre to the Node broad­band, with con­struc­tion to start in the first quar­ter of 2017.

In the first half of 2017, the roll-out will con­tinue to Bon­nie Doon, Cooya Beach and Moss­man, with 1400 prop­er­ties ac­cess­ing Fi­bre to the Node.

A fur­ther 120 house­holds in Mow­bray will have Fixed Wire­less broad­band with con­struc­tion start­ing in the third quar­ter of 2016.

Check your sub­urb’s roll­out at: www.nbnco.com.au/roll­out­plan

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