Work in Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley Shire, Kyogle Council, the City of Lismore, Richmond Valley Council or Tweed Shire? Read this NBN update.
Planning has begun for the rollout of the NBN fixed wireless network in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
Smaller communities outside the NBN fibre footprint in Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley Shire, Kyogle Council, the City of Lismore, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire will be served by the fixed wireless network.
NBN Co will work with local councils and communities to finalise the rollout plans.
There was no indication of when residents and businesses in the region can expect fixed wireless services to be available, other than that the national rollout is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.
As previously reported, NBN Co has announced a higher speed tier for fixed wireless customers which will give them 25Mbps downloads and 5Mbps uploads compared with the 12Mbps and 1Mbps of the basic service.
These speeds are the limitations imposed by the NBN; actual speeds may be lower depending on the ISP's backhaul network and other issues.
The new tier means rural and regional premises will have Internet services that are as fast or faster than the ADSL2+ services offered in more densely populated areas.
Since an Federal election date has been set, it's not surprising that local MP Janelle Saffin took the opportunity to push a political barrow: "The choice this election year is clear - vote Labor and you'll get the NBN; vote for Tony Abbott and you won't."