Planning is underway for the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) fixed wireless network in the Northern Rivers region in NSW.
Residents outside the fibre footprint in Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley Shire, Kyogle Council, the City of Lismore, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire will have NBN connections via fixed wireless.
“Today’s announcement that everyone will have access to faster broadband than people get on the copper network in our big cities means that people who don't live in Sydney will have access to the sort of services that can really help overcome the tyranny of distance – services like telehealth and distance education using high-definition video conferencing,” Janelle Saffin, member for Page, said in a statement.
NBN Co will consult with communities in each area for the layout of the network, which could include the construction of new fixed wireless towers which would need development approval by councils.
Communications minister Stephen Conroy announced today speeds for fixed wireless and satellite services on the NBN would double to 25/5Mbps from 12/1Mbps.
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