NBN for Hervey Bay by end of 2018
THOUSANDS of Hervey Bay homes and businesses will be connected to the National Broadband Network by the end of 2018.
The Chronicle can reveal about 19,000 premises on the Fraser Coast will be connected, according to NBN Co's three year accelerated roll out plan.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the construction schedule would give local residents certainty on when the NBN would reach them.
Construction will begin on the Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) networks in the first half of 2017 to connect homes and businesses in Craignish, Dundowran, Dundowran Beach, Eli Waters, Kawungan, Nikenbah, Pialba, Point Vernon, Scarness, Toogoom, Torquay, Urraween and Wondunna.
"I have advocated strongly for better internet in suburbs that have poor to no internet," Mr Pitt said.
"FTTN construction will commence in early 2018 in problem areas like Avoca, Burnett Heads and Urangan."
Neil Coningham knows about a lack of reliable internet on the Fraser Coast.
Owning a web-based app-development business, he was forced to move from his Urraween home due to a lack of internet connectivity.
Now living in Urangan, Mr Coningham is looking forward to the rollout of the NBN.
"It will help tremendously," he said
"Here in Urangan it's not the quickest but it's a hell of a lot better than Urraween."
FTTN construction will also start in early 2018 in Howard, Burrum Heads and River Heads.
About 20 wireless NBN towers are operational or under construction across the Fraser Coast's rural communities.
"Internet access is important for our community and will transform education, health care and other critical online services."