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The suburbs included in the next rollout of the National Broadband Network were announced last week and there were two notable suburbs included in the list.

Tony Abbott’s electorate of North Manly, and Treasurer Joe Hockey’s electorate of North Sydney are among the next batch of suburbs to see the construction of the fibre service that improves Internet speeds.

The upgrades are planned to be underway by December 2016.

Other areas that will benefit include suburbs in Margaret River, Kalgoorlie, Buderim, Springfield in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Port Macquarie, Ryde, Portsea, Mornington Peninsula, and Beaconsfield in Melbourne.

Whether the PM and treasurer’s electorates get “fibre to the node” (FTTN), which is cheaper and slower, or “fibre to the premise” (FTTP), the faster, more expensive option.

NBN, the company behind the upgrades has been given permission to use whichever technology they see fit for the area but the two are interchangeable from a logistics point of view.

It will be interesting to see whether North Manly and North Sydney receive the faster, more expensive FTTP, or the cheaper and slower FTTN.

The original NBN plan under Labor was to connect 93 per cent of Australian homes with the faster FTTP, with the rest on satellite broadband, but the Coalition government decided to make use of existing copper and cable networks to speed up the process, using FTTN.

While this makes the rollout cheaper and faster for the Government, some say it’s a wasted opportunity as some will be left with internet twice to four times slower than others as they are hooked up to FTTN instead of the other service.

Let’s talk: How is the internet connection at your place? Does it surprise you to know the Prime Minster and treasurer will soon be getting an upgrade in their suburbs?

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  1. I have nbn and it is no faster and way too many dropouts of tv, phone and internet – nbn no advantage in my opinion!

  2. I note in 2013 Election Labor had it rolled out in MANY marginal seats . especially around the Central Coast, many friends & family refused it they had optus package and this was dearer per month and they weren’t worried about having TOP speed. I live in N Shore, had a premier, have a Minister for Communications , and my Member is longest serving Minister. Round here could be 3 more years, but still better than Labor as they couldn’t give me a date, except not in foreseeable future .Here & surrounding electorates haven’t got it, classed as safe seats. get nothing . neither bother . I paid extra and got cable so won’t need it now.

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    • Typical Leftie , want the Govt to keep you , I bought land on the Upper North Shore in 1961, at age 19, we paid it off while both still working, by giving up a lot, no car, clothes holidays, AND it was an ordinary suburb THEN I was born in Concord, working class, BUT not now, I couldn’t afford to live there now, Ihave been here for 60 years .

    • J Brian Henderson Yes I dont own a mobile phone & under Labor plan people were having to have a big box put in to hold a battery for Landline and get Landline installed. So I heard on Radio in discussions . Doesn’t worry me now, we have terrible reception , the kids go out the front to answer phones, and we got good deal with Telstra Cable for unlimited , phone calls , Foxtell & a line for me on cordless.

  3. Goodness knows when we’ll get it if ever! I live in rural NSW. We don’t count at all in the government’s eyes.

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    • Liberal seats will be done first, the rest of us can go to hell but it is not as good as the ALPs NBN

    • Victoria is small compared to other states so much easier to do rural areas there. We have the infrastructure, just not the clout.

    • Well its a big undertaking regardless Michele. My family worked on the first installations at PMG up until today

    • It’s a huge undertaking, Narelle. I fully understand that. I’m not complaining just stating how it is in our region. The system the government has gone for is already considered out dated on a world scale. That is no reflection on the good people who are installing the system. I feel there are more important issues than NBN.

    • That perspective depends on who you talk to. Some research would uphold that view. Other research opposes that view. I’m not here for an arguement. All I’m saying is rural areas are often neglected by governments of all political persuasions.

    • Me neither Michele. I know this from working in the industry and from others who have over the time telephone lines were first installed. My grandfather did that work

    • Wow! A long history of sevice in your family, Narelle. My brother was an electrical engineer with the PMG then Telstra. His team were responsible for developing computer programmes & data programmes used by the exchanges. It’s a complex industry. We live where it’s a very safe National Party seat so we unfortunately don’t get wooed by any politicians. We are the highest producing, most income-for-Australia earning agricultural shire in Australia but don’t get much from any government.

    • I am in my late 30s but relate to older generations and nostalgia.
      I didn’t meet my paternal grandparents.
      My father was the youngest of 12 to obviously older parents and born during WW2.
      My grandfather was born in the 1890s.

    • Also have uncles involved in the industry and used to talking shop with people.
      I worked for a wholesaler

    • Youngest of 12!!!! Good Lord!! It’s amazing that you are in your late 30’s yet have a granddad born in 1890’s. What an interesting family history.

    • Yes. It makes for interesting stories. I have a lot of unconventional family stories
      My grandmother was around 40 when my dad was born. Catholic family so not unusual then. My mum is eldest of 6.
      My dad was close to mid 30s when I was born. My mum is 7 yrs younger. Dad passed 10 yrs ago at 60. He stated working at 12.
      So a bit ahead of the times as people had babies soon after marriage in the 70s.

    • Like the bigger states, there is high development in places like the Central Coast of NSW-I have family there-but its remote or rural geographically. Same in WA, SA and NT

  4. Watch out for nbn guys, they all have different opinions about were to set up your nbn box, they made a mess at our place, next door got told to buy a wireless phone, which was not needed, so make sure, that you understand fully what they are doing before installation. Too late afterwards.

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  5. We live in Canberra and we can’t get anything better than ADSl
    Why is it necessary for Sydney to get it when they already have fast internet?

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    • Living in an inner suburb isn’t a guarantee. It has to do with the condition of an exchange and the copper. City exchanges are very old

    • Kerrie Buitwndam I worked in telecoms and many of my family have since the early 20th century.
      Some of these exchanges are over 100 years old.
      Unfortunate media bash, SA60

    • Various areas of Canberra were the first to get fibre optic NBN but not all.Everyone will have to have NBN in some form.Everyone with a phone line will be advised in time .There is more than 6 years before everyone in the country is serviced .Advice initially is by post

    • I live in Gungahlin, Canberra and HAD to have NBN. Was a whole heap of messing around, and it’s absolutely no better than what I had!

  6. The existing copper lines in our area are so old they need replacing but no decision will be made until they work out what’s happening with nbn. Meanwhile we have the poor techs coming out regularly to keep patching the line. Originally should have been getting nbn this year, now no date available.

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