Media Release – NBN RATES A MENTION AS COUNCIL POSTS OUT NOTICES

Ratepayers across the Bundaberg Region will receive their rates notices in the next few days and are urged to peruse the additional information contained in the rates correspondence.

An informational brochure containing an explanation of the National Broadband Network rollout is included with the rates notices.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Cr Mal Forman said Council had agreed to an approach from NBN to include the information, which Council felt was in the best interests of residents across the region.

“Obviously our rates mailout targets households across the region and this information relating to the NBN rollout is essential reading for all residents,” said Cr Forman.

“It provides easy to understand information relating to what the NBN is, what residents need to do when the NBN arrives in their area, and how average households can switch to the NBN network.

“This brochure is purely information based and in no way should be construed as Council endorsing any product.”

Council Economic Development spokesman Cr Greg Barnes said the selection of areas in the Bundaberg region to be among the first in Australia to be involved in this major communications infrastructure rollout was somewhat of a coup for the region.

“In regards to premises where services are available, as well as the 20,000 premises who can access the network in Bundaberg City, there are another 5,000 properties where fixed wireless service is available, typically in smaller, more regional areas.

“There are another 3,500 where work is currently underway and will have active services this year. Further, satellite services are scheduled to be launched in mid-2016 which will provide services to even more residents.

“There are number of premises throughout the region where service will not be immediately available due to commercial decisions of NBN Co and these are outside the control of Council. Residents in these areas are encouraged to register their details on the NBN Co website for updates on future rollout plans.

“Our region is 1 of 10 in Australia to rollout NBN Co’s Fibre-to-the-Node trial and now we are one of the first regions in Queensland to actually benefit from the roll-out of this technology late last year, said Cr Barnes.

“Arrival of quality, high-speed broadband service throughout our region will provide a number of social and economic benefits and make Bundaberg a connected region able to host any 21st century business that might want to develop or move to the area.

“I really encourage all residents to take note of the information to enable them to ensure they have a clear understanding of the importance of the NBN rollout and how it may affect them,” said Cr Barnes.

Residents may check the status of the NBN rollout in their area by visiting www.nbnco.com.au.

Any questions relating to the NBN rollout should be directed to the NBN as indicated on the flyer.

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