The Tasmanian division of the National Broadband Network Company has dropped pamphlets in communities touched by the first stage of the network rollout, promising “unlimited possibilities” and that the network is “ready to roll”.
The pamphlets — a copy of which you can download here (PDF) — promise residents in the early stage rollout areas of Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton a number of benefits — such as improved communication for medical practitioners, “endless entertainment” and broadband with the “fastest speeds” and “no lag”.
The pamphlet also outline common NBN terms such as optical fibre broadband, retail service provider and so on, and what the role of NBN Tasmania is in the rollout.
It promises that the NBN fibre-optic internet connection will be “completely independent” of users’ existing broadband services, meaning that they will able to setup an NBN fibre connection without worrying that their existing phone and internet services will be disconnected.
“When you’re ready to switch over to optical fibre services offered by a retail service provider, you can cancel your old service within the terms of your existing agreement,” the pamphlet states.
The news comes as there are some indications that demand for the new optic services in Tasmania may not be as hot as some might anticipate.
On April 8 the Mercury reported that about 90 residents turned up to a recent briefing on the Midway Point rollout, with Sorell Mayor Carmel Torenius reportedly saying she wasn’t quite sure of the benefits, and and that NBN Tasmania had a lot of work to do to educate residents.
In addition, the Queensland Government has recently poached one of the lead architects of Tasmania’s early stage participation in the NBN rollout — Jim Wyatt, the assistant general manager at Tasmania’s Department of Economic Development — to help lead its own broadband strategy.
On the mainland, NBN Co has kicked off the search for organisations — or consortiums — to provide design and construction services for its fibre rollout across Australia.