Councils cautious on Coalition’s copper NBN plan

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Australia’s local government sector has been left facing tough choices over how to deal with the release of Coalition’s policy on the National Broadband Network that would forgo fibre-to-the-premises in favour of recycling Telstra’s ageing copper lines in many regional areas. After decades of campaigning to get better internet […]

NBN reaches outskirts of Darwin

By Paul Hemsley The outskirts of Darwin have become the latest areas to be connected to the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) fixed wireless infrastructure to provide internet services to people who previously had limited access to high-speed broadband or were confined to using technology such as dial-up or broadband over the mobile network. The rollout […]

NBN rolling out in NSW Far North Coast

Staff writers Prime Minister Julia Gillard has declared that the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be rolled out in the Far North Coast of New South Wales in a three year plan with the regional area of Murwillumbah to be the first of many locations to receive the fibre network. The PM visited the Murwillumbah […]

NBN Co inks $300m deal to launch satellites

Staff writers The rollout of the National Broadband Network is primed to go into orbit after the company responsible for delivering the massive project signed-off on a $300 million deal with European satellite launch company Arianespace to put two new telecommunications ‘birds’ above Australia. Scheduled to launch in 2015, the new satellites are intended to […]

NBN wireless sent to the Northern Rivers

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy has advanced the spread of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the New South Wales regional Northern Rivers with fixed wireless technology. The federal government has rolled out the NBN infrastructure in the remote region of the Northern Rivers located on […]

NBN reveals wireless plans for South Australian regions

By Paul Hemsley The National Broadband Network has laid out its plans to work with South Australian regional local governments to fire-up fast wireless broadband connectivity to far flung premises as the regional rollout of the massive project continues. The planned connection to wireless broadband is intended to address a lack of adequate internet communications […]

AGIMO split by management shake-up

By Julian Bajkowski The agency tasked with coordinating whole-of-government technology strategy has been split in two by a significant shake-up in the wake of the resignation and retirement of federal Chief Information Officer Ann Steward. A statement issued by the Australian Government Information Management Office has named Glenn Archer as the new Australian Government Chief […]

Adelaide gets NBN training wheels

By Paul Hemsley Adelaide City Council has become the latest local government looking to plug into the National Broadband Network after the city’s Mayor urged potentially tech-shy citizens to learn online and web technology skills through the Digital Hub training program. Mayor Stephen Yarwood wants digitally challenged citizens to participate in the program which follows […]

NBN plan takes pressure off councils

By Paul Hemsley Boosted expenditure on the national broadband network (NBN) may have long term benefits for regional areas. In NBN Co’s Corporate Plan for 2012-15, capital expenditure will be raised by $4.6 billion. Included in the increase is $1.4 billion for the construction period and $3.2 billion for the operating expenditure. Australian Local Government […]

Golden Plains loses NBN project

By Paul Hemsley The decision not to build a fixed wireless facility in Napoleons has raised a dispute between NBN Co and Victorian-based Golden Plains Shire Council. According to council, this decision not to consider alternative sites sets a precedent for NBN Co to hold councils and communities to “ransom” if they do not agree […]


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