Brunswick residents encouraged to sign up to be ready for high speed broadband


NBN Co Limited today encouraged residents and businesses within the Brunswick First Release Site to sign up and prepare their properties for high speed broadband as construction of the National Broadband Network starts in the area.

NBN Co Chief Executive Officer Mike Quigley encouraged people to sign and return the consent forms by the due date of 20 November, 2010 to receive a standard optical fibre installation, at no charge, from the street to their premises.

"We don't want anyone within the Brunswick First Release Site to miss out on the opportunity to take this step into the NBN high speed future," Mr Quigley said.

"Residents and businesses in the First Release Site can expect a letter from me within the next week in their mailbox and an accompanying consent form," he said.

"When the network goes live, people with the installed fibre optic cable will be able to choose a service from retailers and arrange for their premises to be connected to the National Broadband Network.

"By signing this consent form you don't have to cancel your existing phone or internet service. It simply gives you a chance to prepare your premises for the opportunity to be part of the NBN at a time of your choosing once the network has gone live," Mr Quigley said.

"An installation fee may apply if we don't receive the relevant consent forms by 20 November, 2010 and you later decide to connect to the NBN, so take advantage of this offer while it is available."

The standard installation being made available at no charge involves running a thin fibre optic cable from the street to the premises. Internal wiring work that may be required in a premises is not part of this offer. The method and timing of construction will be determined by NBN Co. If a standard installation cannot be physically undertaken, or an owner requires a different configuration, a fee may apply.

The National Broadband Network project aims to make high-speed broadband available to all Australians - 93% by fibre, 4% via wireless and 3% via satellite, subject to final network design.

Construction of the network commenced this week in Brunswick and is ongoing in four other locations on the mainland. In 2011, construction is scheduled to commence at a further 19 sites across Australia.

Residents living outside the First Release Site - who may be part of the 19 new or Second Release Sites - are not being asked to provide their consent at this time.

Consent letters are also available for download or by ringing 1800 881 816.

People can also request a copy of the consent letter by emailing connectme@nbnco.com.au

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