NBN fast track for Alpine Shire

Fixed wireless work to begin in June 2016

A FAST-tracked roll-out of the National Broadband Network will see construction under way across the Alpine Shire in less than two years.

More than 330 homes in Mt Beauty and Tawonga South will be among the first connected with work to begin on a fixed wireless service from June next year.

Myrtleford, Bright and the rest of Mt Beauty and Tawonga South will be connected by existing telephone lines but that work is not expected to begin until the second half of 2017.

Alpine Computers’ Haydn Richards said it would be a huge boost for the region.

“What we are seeing in places that are similar to us is that the NBN is delivering speeds up to 20 times faster than many people in the Ovens and Kiewa valleys have been used to,” he said.

“Obviously there are two types of technology at work here – fibre to the node, which will run through telephone cabling, and the fixed wireless network.

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