Tweed residents fuming over slow NBN roll-out
WHILE the government-funded national broadband roll-out may have seen a satellite launched into space this week to beam wifi down on everyone, some Tweed residents still face a long wait for their internet connection.
An NBN Co spokesperson told the Tweed Daily News the 25gig per month of wifi would be made available to those not close enough to an installed tower, or unable to connect to ADSL cable.
But no timing had been confirmed.
Until then, residents like Rob Walsh of Tweed Heads South will fork out hundreds of dollars for wifi through private providers.
The government worker recently moved to a part of the town where there is no cable, and he is fuming that places like Nimbin were ahead in the roll-out.
"In this day and age where we are in a developed area, it's a bit silly," he said.
Brays Creek resident Terry Turner was told his home would be within 100m of the NBN coverage area.
"We've got satellite, but - even though it's subsidised - satellite is extremely expensive given the download limits and restrictions that we have," he said.
PM Malcolm Turnbull promised NBN would be built for $29.5 billion. That cost has almost doubled to $56 billion. It was planned NBN would be rolled out to all homes and businesses by the end of 2016 and that timescale has now doubled to the end of 2020.
"I think it's just crazy that the NBN hasn't been rolled out as fast as it should have been," Mr Turner said.
Private companies are keen to fill in the gaps. Optus has rolled out its 4G services to Uki, Murwillumbah and Sleepy Hollow over the last six months.
Building for an NBN internet tower has started in Casuarina and service is now available at the Nunderi tower, which had caused controversy earlier this year when it was erected and residents took pre-tower blood tests, claiming the tower would cause cancer.
This month more homes and business will be added to the NBN roll-out website .