Uni bid for North Coast broadband

THE North Coast will be among the first regions to benefit from the Australian Government’s $43 billion National Broadband Network if a Southern Cross University-led campaign is successful.

Senior University representatives have presented a submission to Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, to get the NBN rolled out early to the NSW North Coast.

“Southern Cross University (SCU) is committed to the NBN with the construction of a state-of-the-art research and demonstration ‘broadband hub’ as part of a $10-million upgrade of facilities at its Coffs Harbour campus,” SCU’s Professor of Information Technology and Information Systems, Peter Croll, said.

“The Australian Government had allocated $5 million for rural NBN co-ordinators and the submission advocated that one of these positions should be based at this hub.”

Ms Saffin praised the University and its Regional Futures Institute for pulling together a compelling and well-researched case for Australia’s eastern regional corridor – from Tweed Shire to the Great Lakes district south of Port Macquarie – to be among the first communities to capitalise on the benefits of high-speed fibre broadband.

“They have achieved this within a very short time frame since I arranged for Minister Conroy to visit Grafton late last year for a broadband forum, where he encouraged our region to put its best foot forward,” Ms Saffin said.

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