90 SECOND STATEMENT – FACEBOOK QUESTIONS – TUESDAY 7TH February 2017
Thank you Madam/Deputy Speaker. Today I rise to update the house about a call out I put on Facebook recently asking constituents to submit their burning questions to me.
The post generated quite a bit of interest. Today I’m going to answer some of those questions however as I can only mention a few I’m going to focus on the questions related to the NBN roll out in Bonner asked by Petro from Wishart and Chris in the Bayside.
I thank Petro and Chris for their questions. As Telstra is now project managing the rollout, they’ve decided to focus on rolling out the Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology before the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) technology rollout.
In my electorate, Bonner is made up of 77% Hybrid Fibre Coaxial which means we are awaiting the next update. NBN has recently taken down their old 3 year rollout plan which was released on October 2015. In the meantime there has been a move to provide more accurate and timely information about the NBN with a brand new website allowing you to ‘check your address’.
NBN has released the first phase of the ‘check your address’ web function that will provide a date range for when the NBN service will be available at an individual address. Keep in mind that some suburbs are stating generic rollout information on the NBN website, saying “it will be delivered by 2020.” These suburbs will be updated in the coming months.
Just like the questions I was asked, many others want to know ‘when will they get the NBN?’
This new ‘check your address’ tool gives individual households and businesses more specific information to answer that question. For ‘check your address’ go to nbnco.com.au
The NBN rollout is a priority for my constituents and I have met with the Communications Minister this week to remind him of the need for superfast broadband sooner for my local residents and business owners. I will continue to meet with the Minister for Communications and NBN on a regular basis and put forward my constituents concerns and keep pushing for the roll out in Bonner. I’m fighting for Bonner and this means securing the NBN rollout as soon as possible.