Riverina to speed ahead with NBN

PARTS of Wagga could have internet download speeds of 100/40mbps as early as mid next year according to NBNCo.

Representatives were in the city yesterday to dispel myths about the controversial multibillion-dollar project, and to inform outlying areas of less than 1000 premises about the services which will become available as part of the roll out.

NBNCo consultant Joe Dennis confirmed the time frame of the National Broadband Network in the city and surrounding areas.

"The roll out will be staggered," Mr Dennis said.

"It will happen incrementally, in three-month blocks."

Mr Dennis confirmed due to infrastructure differences towns of fewer than 1000 premises will work from fixed wireless technology, which offers slower speeds of 25/5mbps. 

"The speeds are still significantly higher than what is currently available," Mr Dennis said.

As part of the introduction of the network NBNCo will also erect towers in 15 locations including Collingullie, Oura, Gumly, Uranquinty, Mangoplah, Kapooka, Brucedale and Alfredtown.

Federal member for Riverina Michael McCormack who has opposed the project since its inception said he believed the entire NBN was government wastage, which would be rolled back after the September election.

"We can get the same service for half the price which is what the Coalition plan on doing after the next election," Mr McCormack said.

"I think it's unaffordable and not a priority of the nation or the bush."

Mr Dennis said NBNCo would keep working while legislation dictates the service will be provided to Australians, remarking that he believed the market would determine cost.

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