NBN Co Blog
Stephen Jones could be described as a telework veteran.
He began working from home in 1995, and since then has teleworked for several employers and now runs his own business from his home at Pretty Beach on the NSW Central Coast.
Jones, who works in the biomedicine field, began teleworking after finding that he was commuting for about four hours a day to get to and from his job in Sydney.
So, you've been notified that construction on the NBN is happening in your area.
This means you are in the orange! That is, your area on the NBN Co rollout maps is coloured orange, indicating construction of the National Broadband Network has commenced.
But you haven't seen any activity in your street.
So what does "construction commenced" actually mean?
Wed 08 mayComment
The National Broadband Network has been switched on in Australia's largest city.
Superfast broadband now passes 1300 premises in Blacktown in Sydney's West with another 9300 homes and businesses set to be passed over the next few months. The Sydney switch-on was marked at a ceremony at the Max Webber Library in Blacktown over the weekend which included the first live NBN-enabled children's book reading session with popular Australian children's writer, the international bestselling author Andy Griffiths.
"It's a whole new way to reach readers and stimulate young minds," said Griffiths, who read to the children and answered their questions from Melbourne over video via the NBN. "Better broadband is essential for Australia if we're to keep pace with the rest of the world."
Mon 06 mayComment
Follow The Rollout
Howlong, Murrurundi, Rainbow Beach and Rollingstone; Tumby Bay, Naracoorte, Lang Lang and Tallangatta; Dunsborough, Ellenbrook - these are just a handful of the 190 cities, towns and suburbs NBN Co has added to its construction timetable.
All up, NBN Co has added 1.35 million homes and business to its rollout footprint as part of its yearly update of its three-year construction timetable. The company is also expanding coverage of the National Broadband Network in existing areas.
This means there will be 4.85 million premises where construction will have commenced or where an NBN service can be ordered by June 2016.
Oyster farmers have to be very careful about when they harvest the bivalves, especially after a storm.
Following a rain storm, bacteria in the water sometimes increase and could be taken up by the oysters, potentially making them unfit to eat. Until now oyster farmers have had to wait up to two weeks before they could harvest again after a good rain - meaning they miss out on orders and income.
But a project by the CSIRO to use environmental sensors linked to a broadband network aims to give the oyster farmers a better idea of when it's safe to harvest.