NBN chief executive Bill Morrow announces West Coast to receive fibre-to-the-node

NBN chief executive Bill Morrow. Picture: supplied
NBN chief executive Bill Morrow. Picture: supplied

The National Broadband Network announced Tasmania’s West Coast communities will receive fibre-to-the-node connection rather than the satellite serive. 

NBN chief executive Bill Morrow made the announcement at a Senate estimates hearing on Friday. 

Queenstown, Rosebery, Zeehan and Strahan residents weren’t satisfied with NBN’s original plan to connect the communities to the satellite service.

The announcement sparked rigorous debate within the towns.

In June this year the then Braddon Liberal MHR Brett Whiteley told Fairfax Tasmania he would do everything he could to secure funding for fibre-to-the-node instead of satellite.

The Federal government has kept that promise and will provide NBN with funding to complete the fibre-to-the-node roll-out. 

NBN will now enter the planning stage for Tasmania’s West Coast. 

Construction is expected to begin late-2017 and be ready for service in mid-2018. 

Tasmania is set to be the first state to be fully connected to the NBN.