blog They weren’t getting much joy from the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network and were only slated to receive satellite services under the plan, so half a dozen Queensland towns have reportedly decided to build their own fibre backhaul network connecting the region to the main NBN infrastructure. The ABC reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“… the Barcoo Shire and the neighbouring Diamantina Shire are going it alone. They are planning to roll out 700 kilometres of optic fibre between five of the region’s towns, including the popular tourism destination Birdsville, to link the region to the national network.”
Now that’s showing them. However, it doesn’t seem clear whether the councils have fully thought through the ramifications of their plan. Sure, if they deploy fibre backhaul out to the region, they might be able to attract competitive telcos such as iiNet, Optus and TPG into installing their own ADSL infrastructure, but it seems as if their existing copper network will have to remain intact, with NBN Co unlikely to switch the towns onto fibre just because they now have their own backhaul. Still, you can’t blame them for wanting to do something about poor broadband services in the region. To my mind, this is further demonstration of the enduring demand for faster broadband services in Australia’s rural and regional areas.