Kiama Downs resident Kevin Bogie working on some of his glass art pieces. Kevin uses the NBN to work his glass art business from home. Photo Dylan RobinsonAS the National Broadband Network will soon be available within Kiama and Jamberoo, residents should start to shop around for the best deals, NBN Co says.
The wholesale provider’s spokesman, Trent Williams, said the technology would be available to those connected via fibre optic cable by early next year, delivering a faster and more reliable service.
“It makes a community as effective and efficient as any city would be,” he said.
The take-up for Minnamurra and Kiama Downs is the highest of all the first release sites, at 44 per cent.
Mr Williams said the high take-up was partially due to small businesses wanting to become more competitive by bridging the distance to Sydney.
“A lot of people want to get the work-life balance,” he said. “The pricing is comparable in many cases to ADSL2.”
Kiama Downs resident Kevin Bogie currently uses the NBN, working part-time as a glass artist. He sends designs and images of works in progress for church windows and custom panels to clients.
He has already halved the number of 260-kilometre round trips to Sydney he used to make.
His plan currently allows for 50Mbps and he had not used his entire capacity yet.
“It’s rare in this world that you get more for less, but before it cost me $180 a month for ADSL2 with the phone, and now I’ve got a jazzed-up mobile and halved the cost to $99 a month,” he said.
“I can be looking at a photo in high resolution and be on the phone at the same time.
“On ADSL2, there was a noise splitter and if the phone rang, the internet cut out.”
He said he considered price, but also the provider’s professionalism – not all service providers offer packages in the area.
For a list of known internet and telephone companies providing NBN services, visit www.nbnco苏州美甲学校.au/serviceproviders.
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