Town remains unimpressed by National Broadband Network announcement

Most Inverell residents should be able to switch to the NBN by September-November next year. Photo by Mike Gieson, Freeimages.com.
Most Inverell residents should be able to switch to the NBN by September-November next year. Photo by Mike Gieson, Freeimages.com.

The announcement of National Broadband Network construction in Inverell has been met with suspicion by many locals.

Works to connect over 5000 buildings begin in February next year, with most using either fibre to the node or fibre to the curb technology. 

“They have a lot of work to do if it's going to be good. It's pretty average at the moment,” Chantelle Bradshaw commented on the Inverell Times Facebook page. 

“Probably won’t reach me!” said Gina Baker. Helen Brown said her family was outside the coverage area. 

Joerg Gruenfeld argued that fibre to the node was a compromise and that the quality of copper wire on residents’ street would have a significant impact on speed.

Allan Miller agreed and said fibre to the node would “be an absolute waste of time,” while Geoff Smith said his fibre to the node connection as “a dog’s breakfast”.

“Armidale has fibre to the premises and it is VERY good... excellent,” Joerg said.

Heather Hottes said that she was happier to stay with her current set up.

“With all the complaints about it, and the fact that no organisation accepts responsibility for poor speed/service, I don't see why we should be forced to pay more money for a dud product,” Rosemarie Marsden said.

Valerie Turner and Brent Emerson shared their experiences being on the NBN. 

“We can stream 2x YouTube and 2 x Netflix at the same time,” Brent said.

“Fixed NBN wireless on the roof. We don't have a copper line. It is 500m away.”