Busi­ness re­quests bet­ter in­ter­net

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

Dou­glas busi­nesses have banded to­gether to re­quest the fed­eral gov­ern­ment up­grade the NBN roll­out in the area to fi­bre to the premises as orig­i­nally planned when the NBN was first an­nounced.

They are hop­ing for some fed­eral clout, with Pres­i­dent of the Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce He­len De Ross say­ing that mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch has taken up the cause for Dou­glas Shire and will be tak­ing a sub­mis­sion by the Cham­ber to Par­lia­ment later this month.

Ms De Ross and the Cham­ber have a stated ob­jec­tive in the sub­mis­sion to “fu­ture proof (the) tourism de­pen­dent re­gion by up­grad­ing (the) pro­posed NBN roll­out from fi­bre to node to fi­bre to premises.”

The sub­mis­sion ex­plains that Tel­stra busi­ness man­ager Mark Proc­tor “ad­vised at a Cham­ber of Com­merce lun­cheon in May this year that Tel­stra had run down its cop­per net­work in an­tic­i­pa­tion for NBN fi­bre to premises in­stal­la­tion.

“This was changed upon change of gov­ern­ment, and our local Tel­stra cop­per net­work, that has re­ceived no main­te­nance for sev­eral years.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ms De Ross, roll­out of fi­bre to the node NBN will com­mence in Fe­bru­ary 2017, rather than as pre­vi­ously planned in 2018.

In the sub­mis­sion Ms De Ross said “while we ap­pre­ci­ate roll­out of NBN fi­bre to node in Port Dou­glas and Moss­man be­gin­ning in Fe­bru­ary 2017, in or­der to fu­ture-proof our in­fras­truc­ture we re­quest up­grad­ing this roll­out to fi­bre to premises. FTP net­work will negate is­sues with traf­fic es­pe­cially dur­ing school hol­i­days, where Port Dou­glas is ex­cep­tion­ally busy.

“By rolling out NBN FTP, this will re­duce costs over­all by hav­ing a ca­pa­ble net­work that will re­quire less main­te­nance over time than us­ing Tel­stra’s cop­per net­work.”

Speak­ing to the Gazette, Ms De Ross said that the planned FTN “will be bet­ter than it is now, but we’ll be in the same bucket as Cairns, and they’re strug­gling.

“Con­sid­er­ing it (FTN) is al­ready strug­gling in Cairns, it’s an in­di­ca­tion it will strug­gle here.”

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