Goodna goes high speed

GOODNA residents will soon have active high-speed broadband access but the big question is - will they even connect?

Maps the of latest round of fibre rollouts for the National Broadband Network show around 50% of Goodna will be cabled during the construction phase beginning this month.

The national rollout has so far received a lukewarm reception, with only one in nine eligible households signing up to the first stage.

NBN Co has confirmed about 2000 paying customers have connected to the network that currently runs past about 18,000 residences.

Goodna is the first Ipswich suburb to participate in the rollout with about 2800 premises to be connected in the initial phase of construction.

Despite construction getting under way this month it will be 12 months before Goodna residents and business owners can connect to the network.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully, himself a Goodna resident, is a strong advocate for the NBN and said Goodna was fortunate to have been chosen as one of the first sites in south-east Queensland.

"This is probably the most ambitious cabling project anywhere in the world," Cr Tully said. "Initially Springfield was chosen but because of Telstra exchange issues the trial was moved here to Goodna.

"I think it's a great boost for the suburb after the flood."

Cr Tully acknowledged the low take-up rates and sent a warning to service providers to keep prices affordable.

"One of the issues will be the costs involved," he said.

"There's no use having sky-high prices that people can't afford.

"I think some of the pricing that has already been announced is out of the ballpark for a lot of people."

Cr Tully said he had already seen gangs of workers in some of the local streets and he was looking forward to testing out the system when it finally goes live around Christmas 2012.

"At least half the suburb is going to have fibre optic cable," he said.

"I think eventually people will see the benefits of a high-speed connection and providing they keep the prices reasonable I'll be encouraging Goodna residents to take advantage of the service."

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