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Faster Internet For The Whitsundays

By Mark Beale

Slow internet is set to become a thing of the past, with the National Broadband Network ready to roll out from next week.

A total of 6400 premises across Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket and Mandalay will be able to order fibre to the node by the end of June, with the first connections set to happen this month.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said “the NBN would provide a quantum leap in the reliability and speed of services available”.

Kapow Interactive owner Megan Taylor, who specialises in customised websites, said the basic NBN package would see download speeds quadruple and uploads double.

There are some things to be aware of however, with landlines needing to be transferred to the NBN network.

“You’ve just got to be aware of the ramafications,” she said.

Ms Taylor said the old system would be shut off, with the NBN providing sole service.

Residents will receive an NBN information letter and have 18 months to switch over before the old service shuts down.

With Telstra no longer in control of internet

access, Ms Taylor advised customers to shop around before switching.

“Whether people are businesses or just home users, definitely do a bit of ring around before you sign up,” she said.

Information sessions will be held in Airlie Beach and Proserpine on Monday, May 16.

RSVP to Mr Christensen’s office on 4944 0662.

To check when your area will come online visit nbnco.com.au.

SOURCE: WHITSUNDAY TIMES

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