Topics:  broadband, internet, national broadband network, nbn, northern rivers

NBN still a distant dream

THE National Broadband Network remains a distant dream on the Northern Rivers with a new rollout schedule leaving the region off the list until at least 2015.

The new rollout schedule, released this afternoon, lists the parts of Australia scheduled to have the NBN by June 2015.

Once complete, the service will deliver internet speeds about five times faster than an ADSL2+ connection. However, the Coalition says it intends to stop work on the network if it wins government next year.

According to the NBN's rollout map, the Northern Rivers has two NBN-ready housing estates - Wollongbar Park and Tallowood Ridge near Mullumbimby.

However, beyond those two areas, the project will get no further north (from Coffs Harbour) than Grafton and no further south (from Brisbane) than Broadbeach over the next three years.

The full rollout of the NBN is scheduled to take about 10 years.



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