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National Broadband Network (NBN)

NBN Co is aiming to acquire and build up to nine fixed wireless facilities across the Byron Shire to deliver high-speed broadband services to homes and businesses in Bangalow, Billinudgel, Clunes, Eureka, Federal, Hayters Hill, Skinners Shoot, Main Arm, the rural residential surrounds of Mullumbimby and Myocum. Other areas in the Byron Shire will receive either fibre or satellite services depending on where they are located.

Site Name

Site Type

Address

Bangalow/Newrybar

Greenfield site under the ISEPP

161 Broken Head Road, Newrybar

Billinudgel

Co-location site

2480 Coolamon Scenic Drv, Ocean Shores, 2483

Clunes North

Co-location site Telstra

1242 Lismore Nth Rd, Clunes, 2480

Eureka East

Greenfield site under the ISEPP

347 Goremans Road, Eureka 2480

Federal

 

No site identified

Hayters Hill

Co-location site

St Helena Road, McLeods Shoot 2479

Main Arm

Greenfield DA

955 The Pocket Rd, Billinudgel 2483

Mullumbimby Creek

Greenfield site under the ISEPP

Coolamon Scenic Drive, Mullumbimby 2482

Myocum

Greenfield site under the ISEPP

96 The Manse Rd, Myocum 2481

The Federal Government has set a target for NBN Co to connect 93 per cent (with a minimum obligation of 90 per cent) of Australian homes and businesses to fibre-to-the-premises technology. To reach all homes and businesses in our vast country, fixed wireless and satellite services will be used for the remaining parts of Australia including certain areas in the Byron Shire. Fixed wireless and satellite services represent a significant improvement to services currently available to many Australians living in rural, regional and remote communities.

What is fixed wireless technology?
NBN’s fixed wireless network, which uses advanced technology commonly referred to as LTE or 4G, is engineered to deliver services to a fixed number of premises within a coverage area. This means that the bandwidth per household is designed to be more consistent, even in peak times of use.

The network will use cellular technology to transmit radio signals to and from a small antenna fixed on the outside of a home or business, which is pointeddirectly towards the fixed wireless facility.

NBN’s fixed wireless facilities operate at very low levels of radio frequency electromagnetic energy (EME). The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has confirmed there are no established health effects from these very low-powered radio signals. More information is available from the ARPANSA website www.arpansa.gov.au.

Consultation and town planning requirements
NBN Co works in consultation with local councils to determine an efficient and effective way to rollout the fixed wireless network. A key consideration in these decisions is the design of the network, which takes a number of factors into account including population density, geography, radio frequency and other network specific considerations.

Wherever possible NBN Co looks actively to use existing infrastructure when planning the fixed wireless network before proposing new structures.

Over the coming months NBN Co will be conducting community consultation in the Byron Shire regarding the broader fixed wireless network rollout and about individual fixed wireless facilities.

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