Ultimate guide to the NBN rollout in Cairns & FNQ
The when and where of the much-anticipated rollout of high speed broadband across tropical north Queensland
Few government infrastructure projects have inspired the diverse and passionate response from the public as the National Broadband Network.
From its beginnings under the Rudd Government to the shift in delivery and budget under the Abbott and Turnbull Governments, the NBN is seemingly loved and loathed in equal measure.
Regardless of the ongoing political cagefight, there can be little doubt that Cairns and the Far North will benefit from higher speed broadband.
The NBN will play an important role as the region positions itself as Australia's gateway to the Asia-Pacific region and a tropical world city of trade and business.
The reach of the NBN will be immense. Over the next three years, the NBN will be in construction or complete at 88,570 premises in the Far North, and that's without factoring premises to be serviced by satellite.
But that, of course, is just the construction phase. The NBN is a wholesale provider of high-speed broadband, and it is the 100 or so retail service providers - from Telstra and Optus to myriad smaller players - who have the figures and details on how many customers have actually signed on to the higher speeds available.
For now though, if you're wondering when the NBN is coming to Mooroobool or Mourilyan, or need to know when construction will start at Rocky Point, Ravenshoe or Redlynch, Cairns Now's Ultimate Guide to the NBN rollout has got you covered.