The National Broadband Network (NBN) has begun switching on trial customers in the New South Wales first release site of Kiama Downs, with Internode boasting its first connection today.
The lucky customer is Paul Gosney, a professional freelance photographer who moved with his wife and two children from Lane Cove to Minnamurra (located in NSW's south coast) in April this year. He moved specifically to be one of the first people connected to the Federal Government's $35.9 billion fibre network.
"I decided the NBN meant we weren't going to be disadvantaged by moving from Sydney and, indeed, it might even give us certain advantages. With 95 per cent of my work still based in Sydney or in places that I get to from an airport, that was an important factor in planning our lifestyle change," he said in a statement.
Gosney said that the NBN would allow him to deliver large photograph files electronically.
"Often, I've delivered images on DVD because average jobs can range in size from as little as 300 megabytes to as large as four gigabytes. While that fits on a DVD, it takes a long time to upload over ADSL. With an NBN service running at 100 megabits per second downstream, and 40 up, those files will be delivered in minutes rather than hours," he said.
The Kiama NBN first release site covers 2343 homes in total. As of December 2010, 1764 homeowners (75 per cent) had consented to have NBN Co install fibre to their homes, although these homes will then have to sign up with an internet service provider (ISP) to receive a service.
The provider has also sparked controversy this week, as it announced commercial NBN pricing in Tasmania that many believe to be much higher than today's ADSL2+ broadband pricing plans, leading some to question the accuracy of the NBN's business case.