Parts of Queanbeyan are a step closer to connecting to the National Broadband Network with contractors given the nod to start work in the town.
Work will begin with surveys of the area and the existing telecommunications infrastructure between Canberra Avenue, Uriarra Road and Oakes Estate Road.
But NBN Co said it would be several months before fibre hauling commenced, and about 12 months before residents and business owners could actually begin hooking up their phones and internet to the new network.
NBN Co said it would work with contractors and local authorities to minimise disruptions during the construction process.
Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall welcomed the start of the roll out, and said it would bring new opportunities for families and businesses.
“I hope that people across Queanbeyan will take advantage of the services and high speeds over the NBN when they become available. I'd encourage all residents and business owners to visit the website to find out more about how the rollout affects them, and start planning now for the eventual switchover to fibre,” he said.
An initial map of the fibre rollout is available on the NBN Co website, with further maps to be issued as construction proceeds. Residents can also use an interactive map to view the status of the rollout in their area.