NBN Co connected the first broad-acre development to the National Broadband Network yesterday. Twisted Wire made a visit, as well as eavesdropping on the ACCAN annual conference.
David McWilliam, NBN Co new developments operations manager, Stephen Conroy and Ed Husic, member for Chifley, standing beside an NBN Co Fibre Access Node at the Landcom Bunya development in Doonside (Credit: NBN Co)
From January this year NBN Co has been required to connect fibre to all new housing estates of more than 100 properties. The first to be connected is at Doonside, in Sydney's west. People are yet to move in, but when they do they will be able to buy fibre access to the internet.
Mike Quigley, chief executive of NBN Co, says the company has already received 2200 new development applications, representing over 176,000 premises. The applications continue rolling in, with about 50 new applications each week.
In this edition of Twisted Wire you'll hear Mike Quigley and Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy out and about at Doonside, together with Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic. Husic says, despite the detractors, there are many people barracking to have their neighbourhood connected to the new network.
You have to hope for their sake, new customers start to spread the good word. As you'll hear, animosity towards the project continues to gain momentum, with the media often circumventing truth in the interest of a good story.