NBN comes to Chin­chilla

Thou­sands con­nected to net­work

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THE Na­tional Broad­band Net­work (NBN) has now been con­nected to the town and is avail­able for Chin­chilla res­i­dents.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mara­noa David Lit­tleproud said he had re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from NBN Co that fi­bre-to-the-node tech­nol­ogy was now avail­able.

“About 3000 homes and busi­nesses in Chin­chilla can now ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits of fast broad­band via ser­vices de­liv­ered over the NBN ac­cess net­work,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

Switch­ing to the NBN won’t be au­to­matic, with res­i­dents and busi­nesses need­ing to con­tact their pre­ferred ser­vice provider to place an or­der to move their land­line phone and in­ter­net ser­vices over to the NBN net­work.

“Re­gional ar­eas in Mara­noa will greatly ben­e­fit from e-learn­ing, tele-medicine, video con­fer­enc­ing, tourism and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties which a faster in­ter­net con­nec­tion will pro­vide,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“Bet­ter ac­cess to com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture is one of my key elec­tion com­mit­ments and this roll­out sets out a clear message – NBN’s su­per­fast broad­band is be­ing rolled out to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.”

Mr Lit­tleproud said the Chin­chilla switch-on was just an­other ex­cit­ing step in the NBN roll out in the Western Downs.

“Last month, work started to con­nect about 1000 homes and busi­nesses in Miles to the fi­bre-to-the-node net­work with the ser­vice set to be avail­able dur­ing Septem­ber and Dalby was the first town in Mara­noa to be con­nected since Jan­uary last year,” he said.

The Mem­ber for Mara­noa said res­i­dents shouldn’t feel pres­sured to sign up straight away as Western Downs res­i­dents con­nected to the fixed line NBN will have 18 months to make the switch be­fore the old cop­per net­work is turned off.

“I urge you to do your home­work and find the best in­ter­net plan and provider for you, your fam­ily or busi­ness,” he said.

“The NBN isn’t just about the in­ter­net – it’s your phone too.

“Also re­mem­ber to talk to your provider for any other land­line ser­vices such as med­i­cal alarms, eft­pos, fire or fax ma­chines.”

To find out more, check your ad­dress on the NBN web­site at www.nbn.com.au/ check. Once your premises is ac­tive, you will be able to see a list of avail­able providers to as­sist with choos­ing the right NBN provider and plan.

PHOTO: WILL HUNTER

ROLL­OUT: Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mara­noa and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud has an­nounced NBN is now avail­able in Chin­chilla.

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