NBN fast-tracked to Coast, but key growth areas set to wait
A REVISED National Broadband Network rollout scheme has some areas on the Coast earmarked for fast-tracked, high-speed internet installation.
A further 20,500 homes will benefit from the technology, with pre-construction work starting at Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Buddina, Minyama, Birtinya, Parrearra, Warana, Wurtulla, Currimundi, Meridan Plains and Mountain Creek.
Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough said the new approach would save money and months, as pre-construction activities kicked off in the region.
While the announcement heralded good news for some, Mr Brough vowed to keep up the fight to have the technology delivered to fast-developing communities that were yet to be pencilled in.
"I am again disappointed that despite community concerns areas like Sippy Downs and Little Mountain have not yet been included in the 18 month rollout plan and I will continue to advocate strongly for this to occur," Mr Brough said.
The NBN will use different technologies used where they are most appropriate, including fibre to the node. In early deployments, the technology has delivered average download speeds of 91 megabits per second and upload speeds of 36 megabits per second.
"To put that in practical terms, those speeds would enable a premises to stream up to 18 high definition Netflix streams simultaneously, or other bandwidth intensive applications such as online learning and telehealth consultations."
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said careful planning and extensive rollout trials have allowed NBN to significantly speed up the construction process.
A new contracting model recently signed by NBN will reward those contractors who can demonstrate they can complete construction quickly while meeting specified levels of build quality.