May 1, 2018

 

MERYL SWANSON, MP FOR PATERSON

TILLIGERRY NBN UPGRADE WELCOME BUT WHAT ABOUT MEDOWIE AND KURRI?

 Paterson MP Meryl Swanson today welcomed news that Tanilba Bay, Mallabula and Lemon Tree Passage would receive FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) connections from the NBN when the roll-out commenced.

This is despite previous plans that showed that the Tilligerry was set to receive FTTN (Fibre To The Node).

 “I'm pleased that my advocacy to NBN has resulted in the Tilligerry Peninsula being switched to FTTP technology,” Ms Swanson said.

“This technology was in Labor's original plan for the NBN, and it's great to see the NBN and the Government embrace the logic of doing this right the first time.”

In Medowie and Kurri Kurri, however, most NBN connections will still be FTTN, with some FTTC (Fibre To The Curb).

Ms Swanson said users of the NBN on FTTP connections would receive a superior connection that would be future-proof, deliver much higher speeds and experience fewer connection problems than a connection utilising part of the copper network.

The Tilligerry and Medowie NBN builds are expected to be complete in the first half of 2019, with the Kurri build expected to be complete towards the end of 2018.

 “I am calling on NBN to scrap the rollout of FTTN in Kurri and Medowie and offer these communities FTTC connections, if not FTTP,” Ms Swanson said.

“What is sorely needed in these communities is a decent internet connection, and FTTN will not deliver for the needs of many people today, let alone into the future.”

 Local are encouraged to check the NBN website to confirm the technology they will be receiving and their expected connection date:

https://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address.html