Topics:  australian government, infrastructure, internet, nbn, technology

Charge for NBN-ready homes

This is what Gladstone needs – and fast. Infrastructure to run the NBN.
This is what Gladstone needs – and fast. Infrastructure to run the NBN. Contributed

NEW homeowners could pay an additional $3000 to make their homes NBN ready, despite no Federal Government promises on whether Gladstone will actually receive the network.

Telecommunications carrier OptiComm claims homeowners in greenfield estates will pay more for residential allotments to compensate for building and development work.

In some instances homeowners in the Hillclose and Little Creek estates in Clinton will pay an additional $900 for developers to dig trenches for optic fibre.

"Unfortunately the end user always (pays) for the decision made by the government," Tenheggler Homes' director Troy Tenheggeler said.

"Anytime they change their minds in building practices, it will add to the cost of the house."

OptiComm also claims some builders may charge additional wiring costs in residential properties that could exceed $1000.

Homeowners who consider switching telecommunications providers could also foot a $299 bill.

Builders can charge home owners an additional $1500 to connect wires throughout the property, while wiring to install additional television and telephone points can set back homeowners up to $3000.

"The pass-through cost of infrastructure that developers would add to the cost of the lot is a standard practice and not seen as a money-making exercise as the developer knows the price of the lot needs to be keep at a minimum to encourage sales," OptiComm general manager Phil Smith said.

Mr Tenheggler said there was no need to worry about the cost, when NBN hadn't been promised to Gladstone.

"It doesn't look like it is happening... I think more people are upset they won't be able to get it, as opposed to worrying about costs."

In March NBN Co announced Hillclose and Little Creek would be fitted with optic fibre by 2015.

 

NUMBER CRUNCHING

What Greenfield homeowners will pay:

  • $900 within allotment price for developers to dig trenches to lay optic fibre.
  • $299 optional cost of switching telecommunications providers.
  • Between $1000-$3000 for builders to install additional wiring.

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