A PROPOSAL introducing fixed wireless planning to accommodate the country’s National Broadband Network will be submitted to council.
The NBN Co expects to lodge fixed wireless planning proposals to 15 councils across the Central West; with Lithgow City Council on the list.
NBN Co will then be working with council to identify appropriate locations for fixed wireless network infrastructure within the region.
NBN Co’s community relations advisor Tony Gibbs said for decades rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications.
“NBN Co’s plan to deliver high speed broadband to every Australian home and business using one of three technologies aims to change that.”
The three technologies include fibre, fixed wireless and satellite.
“Subject to final radio frequency planning and other approvals the fixed wireless network plans to cover up to 25,000 premises across 15 councils.”
Mr Gibbs said the announcement was great news for the region as many of the smaller areas still have little or no access to high-speed broadband or they have been confined to a limited service, such as dial-up or broadband over the mobile network or other satellite systems.
The proposal could mean residents gain access to the network from as early as mid next year.
NBN Co plans to install fibre in towns of 1000 premises or more, or to some towns with as few as 500 premises where the town is located on an NBN fibre transit link.