Entsch on the case for Whyan­beel’s NBN link

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MEM­BER for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch says Whyan­beel res­i­dents and busi­nesses are ex­pected to be con­nected to the NBN by the end of the year, af­ter yes­ter­day ask­ing Par­lia­ment for an up­date on the in­stal­la­tion of the fixed wire­less broad­band net­work.

In Ques­tion Time, Mr Entsch ac­knowl­edged that the Whyan­beel Com­mu­nity Group has been in reg­u­lar con­tact with his of­fice be­cause res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the area ex­pe­ri­ence very poor in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity.

He then asked Paul Fletcher MP, Min­is­ter for Ter­ri­to­ries, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Ma­jor Projects, to up­date his con­stituents as to the progress of the NBN in their area.

Min­is­ter Fletcher said Whyan­beel could ex­pect to be con­nected to the NBN via a fixed wire­less base sta­tion by the end of the year.

“I’m pleased to re­port to the house, base sta­tions are un­der con­struc­tion which will pro­vide cov­er­age to Whyan­beel,” said Min­is­ter Fletcher.

“There is a base sta­tion op­er­a­tional at Newell Beach and, by the end of the year, the base sta­tion at Miallo will also be op­er­a­tional – able to pro­vide cov­er­age to 900 premises in the Whyan­beel val­ley area.

“For those who are out­side of the fixed wire­less net­work, they will have the ben­e­fit of the satel­lite net­work.”

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