Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis has advised The Beagle that since the Coalition came into government in 2013, over 40,000 premises in Gilmore can connect to the NBN and almost 19,000 premises are online “The Coalition’s changes to the NBN rollout have saved Australians around $30 billion, avoided a $43 increase in monthly internet bills, and will connect all Australians at least 6 years sooner.” “Both Fibre to the Curb and Fibre to the Node use copper technology. NBNCo have advised mistaken claims being made that Fibre to the Node is an impediment to the Fibre to the Curb technology are completely untrue and at the very best reflect mischief-making by individual’s intent on pushing their personal agendas.” According to NBNCo’s Chief Network Engineering Officer, Peter Ryan “This is the real benefit of Fibre To The Node; it allows us to deliver nbn services to end-users in a time and cost effective manner which allows us to connect end-users much sooner than we could with other technologies – but also provides a simple upgrade path to higher-speeds.” “NBN’s design work is yet to be completed for Moruya and Tuross and as NBN’s website says, the technology planned is always indicative-only while final designs are being completed.” “The current build commencement for Tuross Head is October/November 2017 and Moruya is November/December 2017 with the NBN expected to be switched on in both areas mid-2018.” “The NBN is now being rolled out on schedule and on budget while Labor’s predicted rollout was years behind schedule and would have kept people waiting until the mid-20-20’s to access high speed broadband” Mrs Sudmalis said. “NBN designs the network to provide the most cost-effective technology to each area, providing minimum wholesale broadband speeds of 12Mbps or 25Mbps – the two most affordable speed tiers. Fewer than 1 in 5 users are purchasing speeds of 50Mbps or 100mbps. Some users will only require speeds of up to 6Mbps to download viewing platforms such as Netflix.” Mrs Sudmalis said. Mrs Sudmalis invites Beagle readers to visit http://www.nbnco.com.au/blog/the-nbn-project/setting-the-facts-straight-on-fibre-to-the-node.html for the facts on Fibre to the Curb and Fibre to the Node technology.