Concerns over the quality of the NBN rollout for the communities of East Ballina, Skennars Head and Lennox Head is being raised by Ballina’s Deputy Mayor, Keith Williams.
‘We know that fibre to the node places more reliance on the copper network, limits potential speeds and is more expensive to upgrade. This places a real limit on the economic potential of the area, not just now, but potentially for years to come.
After being contacted by numerous residents councillor Williams is calling on these communities to oppose NBN Co rollout plans for the region and insist on fibre to the kerb NBN as the minimum installation standard across the Shire.
‘It makes no sense whatsoever when you consider that all these areas are close to the coast and more exposed to the effects of salt water. This is precisely the areas where you want less reliance on copper.’
Cr Williams said failure to oppose NBN rollout plans now, risked leaving residents in these areas with a second class NBN.
‘NBN Co have insisted this is not second class technology, being essentially the same technology as fibre to the kerb. In this they are correct, but they avoid the central point. The greater reliance on the old copper network means it is a second rate service, slower, more prone to dropouts and more expensive to upgrade.
Cr Williams said ‘From my enquiries to date it seems there is no formal mechanism to seek a review of the NBN Co rollout plans. The only way these things change is by community pressure and adverse publicity.
‘I’m asking everyone in the area to go to the NBN website, check what the rollout plans are for your house and if it says Fibre to the Node, let NBN Co know that it just isn’t good enough. You deserve better.’