2515 has been added to the rollout map and the majority of the area from Thirroul to the Seacliff Bridge is now classified ‘Build Preparation’, with connection anticipated by December 2016
2508+Disconnected spokesman Mark McKenzie says although the northern suburbs have been left off the map this time, he’s hopeful their turn is coming.
And while questions are raised as to whether we can expect fibre optic connection, or fibre to the node, Mark says in 2508 they’ll take what they can get.
“A fibre optic connection is much faster, but also much more expensive. If it means getting the slightly slower fibre-to-the-node service a few years earlier, we’ll take it.
“At the moment many families in Stanwell Park, Otford, Darkes Forrest, Maddens Plains and Helensburgh are dealing with ridiculously low download speeds,” he says. “At my house we average 1mb/second. A ‘fibre-to-the-node’ NBN connection would bring us speeds between 25 and 50. That would certainly do us!”
Mark has asked questions to the relevant parties about adding 2508 to the rollout map and is yet to receive a definitive answer. “Nobody is prepared to say anything official,” says Mark, “But if I were a betting man I’d put money on us being in the next Quarterly rollout which happens in October.
“It makes sense in a ‘rollout’ to keep right on rolling. We are technically next in line and that makes us feel optimistic. “
A further boost is anticipated next week when the NBN releases its 3 year corporate plan. “We are hoping the Federal Government allocates additional resources to speed up the schedule,” says Mark. “It could guarantee us inclusion and that would be a significant win. It would mean we will be connected in 2017, which gives us something to plan around.
In the meantime, Mark says they’ll continue to fight to have their voices heard. “We will stay noisy until we are connected,” he says. “We are digging in for the long fight and have to keep people active. We will keep asking questions and rattling cages until 2508 is connected to the NBN”.