While our Facebook post last week prompted an outcry over the appallingly unreliable internet available to us on the Seacliff Coast, according to the NBN rollout, we are not even on their radar.
A spokesman for NBN Co has confirmed as yet, although the NBN will be rolled out to Australia’s 8 million homes eventually, there is no plan for the northern Illawarra to even join the rollout map for at least the next 18 months, which means the National Broadband Network could potentially not reach this part of the world before 2020.
Cunningham MP Sharon Bird says even if we were scheduled, it might not make a huge difference, saying she’s been aware of the problem for some time.
“The big problems occur when water gets into the pits, as it did during the recent rains, reacting with the copper wire that carries the internet. The government’s current NBN plan sees fibre-optic cable run to the top of the street, then copper to the homes- like branches from a tree. The problem will remain because the underground wires will still be copper, and therefor they will still be affected by water.”
Ms Bird says she has made representations to the Minister and made a speech in parliament on our behalf, but as yet, there has been no indication of what is going to happen.
“The northern Illawarra is already dealing with challenging typography, so both mobile phone and internet coverage is unreliable. I understand poor connectivity makes it difficult for people to work from home, or to work remotely, but the problem has no end in sight.
“The rollout of the NBN in it’s current format is a real concern to this area. People cannot make informed decisions about their future as we don’t know when the problem could potentially be solved. And depending on where you live, and whether you will be on fibre optics or copper will also determine wether or not, in fact, anything will change at all.”