The national NBN rollout is operating under the general guiding principle that preference should be given to the connection of regional population centres to the NBN network over those of major urban areas. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the implemenation of this general guiding principle has almost been completed, as of November 2016.
For example, if you look at the list all the regional the councils and shires in N.S.W. with a population above 10,000 and you highlight those that still do NOT have thier main municipalities and surrounding regions connected to the NBN, you come up with the following short list of regional towns:
- CESSNOCK & KURRI-KURRI
- BROKEN HILL
In addition, there are seven regional council/shires that do NOT have their main municipalities connected to the NBN but they do have the regions surrounding the towns/cities covered by the NBN. These councils/shires include:
- CLARENCE VALLEY – (GRAFTON)
- BATHURST REGIONAL (BATHURST)
- BEGA VALLEY (BEGA)
- BYRON (BYRON BAY)
- GREATER HUME SHIRE
Remember, the stated Government policy regarding the NBN roll out was to give preference to regional Australia
over urban Australia. The net consequence of this policy is that as of 12th November 2016, virtually all of populated
areas of regional Australia are now either covered or have commenced construction on coverage.
The question is:
1. Why is it that Lithgow is amongst the last 5 – 6 towns in populated areas of rural and regional Australia of
any significant size that are still waiting for NBN coverage?
2. Is there anything being done by the Lithgow council to investigate why this is the case?
3. Is there a technological reason why Lithgow and its surroundings are on this collective short list e.g. they may all belong to the same communication regional network?
4. When will the residents of Lithgow and district have the opportunity to connect to the NBN e.g. via the Skymaster2 Satellite?
6. What do the leading business figures in Lithgow and District think of this anomaly?
Contributed by: Ian Wilson