Digital revolution hits Livingstone Shire Council area
NBN Co towers at Bangalee and Woodbury have now been switched on and are expected to be followed in three months by towers at Bungundarra and Tanby.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said the rollout of the national broadband high-speed internet was finally happening.
"Planning of the NBN rollout for the rest of the shire is also under way and council is currently in discussions with NBN Co about the various technology options that will soon be available to residents and businesses," Cr Ludwig said.
"For remote areas, the sky muster satellite, which was placed into orbit in October this year, will go live around April 2016 and will ensure all residents have access to the service.
"Urban areas will have fixed line deployment (through fibre to the node technology), which is currently in the build preparation stage."
With this long-awaited boost to online connectivity now in sight, Cr Ludwig said local businesses had jumped at the opportunity to prepare by attending the first of a series of Technology Revolution Breakfasts hosted by the council last week.
"Council's aim is to proactively work with local businesses to assist them in exploring different ways of capitalising on the digital economy to help generate new business opportunities and ensure our region has a sound foundation in this competitive space," CrLudwig said.
"It was encouraging to find that a number of business owners who attended the breakfast are already starting to implement some of the strategies that were discussed.
"A series of technology events will be held throughout 2016 to further assist local businesses to become fully tech-ready and able to pursue online opportunities to grow their business.
"Council is also developing a public space rollout strategy, with the water play area on the Yeppoon foreshore set to be the first area connected with public wi-fi, smart lighting and CCTV cameras - due to be installed in the new year."
Cr Ludwig said the council would provide further updates in regards to smart technology on the foreshore and the national broadband rollout progression in coming months.