Have your say on NBN wireless roll-out

SAY ON WIRELESS: Maitland people will be invited to have their say on which suburbs should have access to the NBN wireless network.Maitland residents will have a say about where the federal ­government’s high-speed fixed wireless internet should be rolled out next.

NBN Co has announced it will ask the public where it should install wireless NBN infrastructure in the Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Singleton and Dungog local government areas.

Public consultation will involve telephone surveys, letter box drops and plans for the infrastructure will go on exhibition through Maitland City Council.

While it is unknown which locations will benefit from the high-speed internet service, it is understood that NBN Co aims to have viable connections within 18 months.

NBN Co spokesman Tony Gibbs said the rollout was gathering momentum and would provide new social and economic opportunities to regional areas including the Hunter.

“Fast broadband helps give residents access to e-health services, distance education and entertainment on demand and we have seen examples of businesses demonstrating an increase in productivity, reduction of costs and access of new markets,” he said.

Council areas in the Snowy Mountains and southern inland regions have also been earmarked for public consultation.

The fixed wireless service is expected to be capable of download speeds up to 25 megabits a second.

An NBN Co statement said that its download speeds would not be affected by the number of people using a connection in a given area and would provide a consistent connection to nearby premises.

The wireless service would be another NBN presence in Maitland, with work to provide fibre-based internet in parts of East Maitland, Tenambit, Raworth and Morpeth.

Many residents across the Maitland region have been concerned about slow download speeds and a lack of ADSL and satellite internet service across the city.

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