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Regional areas to get NBN through fixed wireless tech
06/06/2012 - Three more regional areas in NSW and southern Queensland are slated to receive fast broadband services through fixed wireless technology as part of the national broadband network (NBN) project.
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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said on Tuesday planning was underway to connect communities in northern NSW, the Hunter and the southern part of Darling Downs in Queensland to fast broadband.
The first businesses in these areas will be able to access the services from mid to late 2013 and 17,000 premises will be connected when the rollout is completed in 2015.
"This means people living in and around Tamworth, Oxley Vale and Piallamore will pay the same prices for NBN services as people in Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong," Senator Conroy said in a statement.
Under the government's $36 billion project, network builder NBN Co will deliver high-speed optic fibre cable services to 93 per cent of businesses across Australia by 2021.
Four per cent will have fixed wireless service and the remaining three per cent will use satellite services.
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tom m | 6/06/2012 11:18 1
I wrote to various opposition members during the last election and said we need to be able to see if the NBN is on track cost wise. I notice that this was requested around 2-3 months ago in an article in a paper. I think many writing to politicians would have asked for that too. I also would love to see a roll out plan area by area from now to 2012 -2021 so we know how long we have to way. I live 40km from the CBD of Sydney and have really poor internet. I am 5.5 km away from the exchange and due to its quality the best solution was older premium adsl 1 as the end result was better than the drop off with ADSL 2. I get 2.3-3.6 Mbps download. I moved here 12 months ago and on the same type of service 20km to the east got 7 mbps. I cannot even have a decent Skype video discussion with this service and it’s the best I can get. Like everything else the in this country the NBN roll out is so ling winded. I reckon I will be near the end of the rollout. I have my business here and export and need something better, but this is Australia and we love mediocrity. Wireless and GSM phone reception is good 1km away but poor here, and the download caps on wireless internet are too low for my needs. I am 40 km away from the CBD of Sydney and may as well be in a 2nd or 3rd world country, but I have visited some of those and they have better internet than I have here.
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