FOR people in the outlying areas of Grafton and Maclean, useable internet is no longer pie in the sky.
In fact, it's just an aerial pointed at it.
The National Broadband Network has switched on its fixed wireless service for more than 1700 homes and businesses in the Clarence Valley, and construction has begun for an additional 1200 premises.
With areas such as Woodford Island, Glenreagh and Brushgrove and the outskirts of Maclean and Grafton being connected, NBN Co. community relations adviser Tony Gibbs says it couldn't be easier to get the network.
"All people have to do is check on the NBN Co. website to see if their address is within the footprint, contact their preferred service provider and book an appointment to get connected," he said.
"The cost of the installation equipment is free, and people don't have to give up their copper phone line to use the service."
The fixed wireless signal is based upon the 4G technology, now common for many smartphone users, and offers peak speeds of up to 25 megabits per second (mbps) download and 5mbps upload, and allows a stable and reliable connection to people in remote and non-connected areas.
Clarence Valley Council Mayor Richie Williamson met with representatives of NBN Co. yesterday, and said the service was a massive boost for the area.
"There's been a call from people in the area calling for better internet services, and council has worked with NBN Co. in turning on the sites in the Clarence," he said.
"We certainly look forward to more sites coming online, as well as the satellite and fibre to the nodes being rolled out in due course."
Eligibility for the service can be checked at http://www.nbnco.com.au.