Right provider key to NBN take up: min­is­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

THE most im­por­tant is­sue fac­ing Port Dou­glas con­sumers of the soon to be con­nected NBN is choos­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vice provider, ac­cord­ing to Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter, Sen­a­tor Mitch Fi­field who ad­dressed a pub­lic meet­ing in Port Dou­glas.

The Min­is­ter said peo­ple need to make sure they are buy­ing the right pack­age for what they need and that most con­sumers go for the cheap­est, slow­est pack­age and they blame the NBN for poor speed and down­load ca­pac­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­is­ter, the NBN, rolling out in Port Dou­glas from July this year, will be a vast im­prove­ment on the cur­rent ADSL sys­tem which has con­trib­uted to so many busi­ness and per­sonal users’ frus­tra­tions.

Ex­pla­na­tions as to roles of the NBN and the re­tail ser­vice providers were pro­vided and the Min­is­ter said peo­ple of­ten get these roles con­fused, blam­ing the NBN for their poor in­ter­net ex­pe­ri­ence once they have tran­si­tioned over to the new sys­tem.

The Min­is­ter said the NBN had enor­mous ca­pa­bil­ity and there was no short­age of ca­pac­ity how­ever the ser­vice providers buy a cer­tain amount of ca­pac­ity from NBN to re-sell and prob­lems arise where they over­sell which leads to in­ter­net slow-downs.

The occasions when Port Dou­glas and sur­rounds have EFTPOS and in­ter­net ac­cess cut should also be al­le­vi­ated with more data con­nec­tions to the area.

A third line will be con­nected from Bris­bane to Cairns with an ad­di­tional line from Dar­win to Cairns.

Mobile phone users will also wel­come the news of Black Spot fund­ing for an­other telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions tower to be erected just north of the Dain­tree River.

“The new tower, to be owned by Op­tus and shared by three net­works, will be a boon for peo­ple us­ing their mo­biles be­tween the river and Cow Bay,” Cr Michael Kerr said af­ter the meet­ing.

Re­gard­ing the NBN roll­out, Cr Kerr said that it was “fan­tas­tic news” that the NBN con­nec­tion will start in Port Dou­glas on 17 July when 1000 prop­er­ties will have ac­cess to the new tech­nol­ogy.

“But we will have 18 months to trans­fer over to the NBN, so we need to in­ves­ti­gate all the ser­vice providers – and not just go with the one with the big prom­ises but don’t de­liver,” he said.

“Peo­ple need to read the con­tract and not sign if th­ey­can’t get out of the con­tract if they are not sat­is­fied with the ser­vice,” he said.

It is ex­pected all Port Dou­glas prop­er­ties will have NBN ac­cess by Septem­ber this year.

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