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NBN Co Gungahlin pilot meeting tonight

By Gungahlin Al - 15 June 2011 31

NBN Co will be conducting an information meeting at the Gungahlin Library tonight from 7.00 to 9.00pm.

Most people would be aware that the original timeframe of starting work this February has blown out due to a range of factors, not least being the ongoing negotiations with Telstra on NBN taking over their infrastructure.

But given recent progress, NBN Co will provide updates on their plans for construction of the pilot installation in Gungahlin and what will happen then, community engagement and what the recent Digital Economy announcement means for Gungahlin.

Plenty of time will be provided for Q&A.

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NBN Co Gungahlin pilot meeting tonight
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Gungahlin Al 6:36 am
16 Jun 11
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I was live blogging from the meeting (well until Origin called – then vicariously through reposting some tweets) so anyone interested can check the details discussed on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gungahlin

The good news for everyone here is that it isn’t just about Gungahlin nor is it just 3000 premises. Once they start, they’ll just keep going.

Interesting also that at the peak nationwide rollout, they expect to be connecting some 6000 premises a day!

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Gungahlin Al 9:40 am
16 Jun 11
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ABC coverage of the meeting: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/16/3245066.htm

There were over 100 people there – on an Origin night. Must have been Victorians organised it…

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shadow boxer 11:32 am
16 Jun 11
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The end of next year, my this is going swimmingly…..

Two years behind schedule, massive costs blow outs and we haven’t even started on the biggest Government run project in Australian history.

I can see the storm clouds gathering, when the tornado touches down the billions of dollars will be sucked into the vortex never to be seen again.

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The Frots 12:28 pm
16 Jun 11
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Gungahlin Al said :

ABC coverage of the meeting: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/16/3245066.htm

There were over 100 people there – on an Origin night. Must have been Victorians organised it…

Great updates Al – let’s hope that they deliver.

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Gungahlin Al 1:05 pm
16 Jun 11
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shadow boxer said :

The end of next year, my this is going swimmingly…..

Two years behind schedule, massive costs blow outs and we haven’t even started on the biggest Government run project in Australian history.

I can see the storm clouds gathering, when the tornado touches down the billions of dollars will be sucked into the vortex never to be seen again.

SB: My aren’t we glass-half-empty? That isn’t for the originally announced 3000-premise pilot – that is Xmas next year for ALL of Gungahlin connected. And given your stated concerns about preventing problems, wouldn’t you *prefer* that they work through the pilot phase carefully so that things don’t derail during the full-on roll-out?

They did say that they are in the last stages of negotiating the 2000-page contract to buy Telstra’s network. So once that is squared aware (within days they predicted), it will be full-on.

Thanks Frots for the feedback.

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shadow boxer 2:20 pm
16 Jun 11
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Gungahlin Al said :

shadow boxer said :

The end of next year, my this is going swimmingly…..

Two years behind schedule, massive costs blow outs and we haven’t even started on the biggest Government run project in Australian history.

I can see the storm clouds gathering, when the tornado touches down the billions of dollars will be sucked into the vortex never to be seen again.

SB: My aren’t we glass-half-empty? That isn’t for the originally announced 3000-premise pilot – that is Xmas next year for ALL of Gungahlin connected. And given your stated concerns about preventing problems, wouldn’t you *prefer* that they work through the pilot phase carefully so that things don’t derail during the full-on roll-out?

They did say that they are in the last stages of negotiating the 2000-page contract to buy Telstra’s network. So once that is squared aware (within days they predicted), it will be full-on.

Thanks Frots for the feedback.

Yeh thats not so bad if it’s all of Gungahlin, Do you want a bottle of Red on them delivering ?

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Chop71 3:06 pm
16 Jun 11
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What do they charge to sign up?

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thatsnotme 3:21 pm
16 Jun 11
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Chop71 said :

What do they charge to sign up?

Nothing. If you elect to be connected to the NBN, during the rollout fibre will be laid to your home, and a network termination box installed. It’s then up to you to sign up with a service provider for telephone and/or internet services. The actual connection costs you nothing though.

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Gungahlin Al 3:29 pm
16 Jun 11
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Chop71 said :

What do they charge to sign up?

Zip. Free Network Termination Unit (read: modem/router), fibre to the wall of the home, but you’ll need an ISP account of course. There was some discussion about transition of accounts last night, but it was after I scarpered to watch the footy sorry.

SB: I’d take you up on that – but then Telstra is involved…

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shadow boxer 3:58 pm
16 Jun 11
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Gungahlin Al said :

Chop71 said :

What do they charge to sign up?

Zip. Free Network Termination Unit (read: modem/router), fibre to the wall of the home, but you’ll need an ISP account of course. There was some discussion about transition of accounts last night, but it was after I scarpered to watch the footy sorry.

SB: I’d take you up on that – but then Telstra is involved…

haha, too true, I think Gungahlin will be o.k. the really hard work (as Transact found out) is in digging trenches. Horrendously expensive.

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Gungahlin Al 4:59 pm
16 Jun 11
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shadow boxer said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Chop71 said :

What do they charge to sign up?

Zip. Free Network Termination Unit (read: modem/router), fibre to the wall of the home, but you’ll need an ISP account of course. There was some discussion about transition of accounts last night, but it was after I scarpered to watch the footy sorry.

SB: I’d take you up on that – but then Telstra is involved…

haha, too true, I think Gungahlin will be o.k. the really hard work (as Transact found out) is in digging trenches. Horrendously expensive.

Ha. Last night they said they got a surprise when doing the Armidale pilot rollout. Trenching in basalt. I recall he said that on the hardness scale where diamonds are 10, basalt is 7. Note to self for future installations methinks…

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welkin31 5:47 pm
16 Jun 11
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I have read what I can on this NBN – Gungahlin thing – and nobody ever mentions when the suburbs will be connected – and how the cost might compare with the $’s we now spend.

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Gungahlin Al 6:15 pm
16 Jun 11
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welkin31 said :

I have read what I can on this NBN – Gungahlin thing – and nobody ever mentions when the suburbs will be connected – and how the cost might compare with the $’s we now spend.

When talking about Gungahlin in this context, we’ve been referring to the district – not the town centre.

There was some discussion about ISP costs last night, and Darren from NBN Co mentioned some very cheap initial plans in the pilot sites, but if I recall qualified that this is something for ISPs to set in an open market. Sorry I can’t recall the specifics.

You’ll be able to check this out as soon as Dave gets the video processed and uploaded to our website – he filmed the entire meeting, as we always do.

Meantime, I see the Fin Review is suggesting the deal with Telstra could go through by Tuesday. A link to the article is on our GCC Facebook page, which today broke through 500 fans. Woo hoo!

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helium 6:18 pm
16 Jun 11
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They could start with part of Ngunnawal that had fibre laid in 1994, back then we struggled with 19.2K dial up.

Holding my breath for NBN. No

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dungfungus 7:58 pm
16 Jun 11
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It was announced on the TV news tonight that Gungahlin would be the next NBN test region.
So, where does this leave TransACT?

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