Business requests better internet
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.”