THERE'S a communication revolution on our doorstep (or so the pollies tell us) and Clarence Valley Council says it's time to prepare ourselves for a brave new world of ultra-fast internet.
Last week Page MP Janelle Saffin announced Grafton, South Grafton and Junction Hill would be included in the next round of roll-outs for the Federal Government's National Broadband Network (NBN).
Ms Saffin said from September next year almost 10,000 businesses and homes in these areas would begin to be connected to the network which will eventually deliver internet speeds of up to 100 megabytes per second via fibre-optic cable or wireless technology.
Mayor Richie Williamson said the potential benefits from this technology were enormous and said areas like health, education and business could particularly reap the rewards.
However he said it was crucial, now that a timeframe had been set, the Clarence Valley began to prepare for a future which would integrate the internet on a scale never seen before.
"We need to make sure we're on the front foot, we all need to take full advantage of this early rollout opportunity," Mr Williamson said.
Local businesses will get their chance to learn more about the NBN as early as this week with council organising a free bus to T.H.E. Exchange expo in Coffs Harbour on Thursday.
The expo, organised by Regional Development Australia, will feature seminars, information stalls and expert guidance on the NBN and how businesses and groups can harness the new technology.
The bus will leave from Maclean at 6.45am on Thursday, 7.30pm from Grafton and will depart from Coffs Harbour at 3.30pm. To book or get details, call 6645 0228.