In March 2010, Brunswick in Melbourne was announced as one of the five first release sites for the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout. Approximately 2700 premises in Brunswick will have access to the network as part of the initial rollout.

According to the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, Brunswick was chosen as one of the first release sites “based on a range of criteria such as demographics, climate, existing infrastructure and terrain, to ensure the physical roll out of the NBN is as smooth as possible.”

Construction is starting soon in the area, so residents may be interested to find out more about the scheme.

Where in Brunswick can I get fibre optic broadband?

The high speed broadband fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network is only available in a specific part of Brunswick. The district runs from Lygon Street to Sydney Road, and from Glenlyon Road up to Stewart Street. Brunswick residents outside this area will unfortunately have to wait longer for super fast broadband!

When can I get fibre broadband in Brunswick?

Construction will start within the next few weeks in Brunswick. Thin fibre optic cables will be installed around certain streets either underground or on street poles. NBN Co will offer to install the fibre optic cable from the street into the property of eligible residents if they elect to do so. This second stage will take place in 2011.

How much will it cost? What are my obligations?

The installation of the fibre to the home by NBN Co is a free and opt-in service. It is free for a limited time while construction crews are still working in the Brunswick area.

The NBN Co will get in touch with residents and businesses about the consent process, which is needed for the free installation.

After the installation has been completed, you will not be under any obligation to sign up to a fibre plan from one of the ISPs. However, it will give you the opportunity to do so. Plans will be available to the select group of Brunswick residents in 2011.

The optical fibre connection will not affect your current home phone or internet service.

How do I connect to a fibre optic plan?

Exetel, Internode, iPrimus, and iiNet have released fibre optic internet plans. Both Telstra and Dodo have committed to releasing plans in the future. However, NBN Co has not yet determined which of these providers will be offering retail services in the Brunswick site.