Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

NBN Closing in and the Punters Are Excited

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

NBN Closing in and the Punters Are Excited

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Byline: Belinda Scott

RHEES Richards is hoping to find a job, June Coy wants to find tools to help her deal with visual impairment, Steve Little is looking for clues to the next business model and Brenda Martin wants to keep in touch with her family.

Each visitor to the Technology, Health and Education Exchange had a different reason for visiting T.H.E. Exchange and finding out more about the imminent arrival of the National Broadband Network in Coffs Harbour.

A feeling of optimism pervaded the exhibition and seminars were well patronised.

Rhees Richards, who is studying for his TAFE Diploma in Information Technology, was especially interested in the Silcar stand, because he wants to work in the area of setting up and maintaining the cables that carry the NBN.

He said the network would be very good for Coffs Harbour and would benefit all regional areas. C[pounds sterling]It is so exciting with all these things happening,C[yen] Rhees said.

C[pounds sterling]My whole TAFE class is here.

C[pounds sterling]I come from out west Co Cootamundra Co- and we have missed out for so long.

C[pounds sterling]It is a positive step forward for once.C[yen]

Sawtell resident Phil Coy said he was just browsing C[pounds sterling]to see if it will affect us in any way.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]It is a wonderful exhibition and very comprehensive,C[yen] Mr Coy said.

His wife, June, was browsing with intent.

C[pounds sterling]I am visually impaired and there is a bit of a lack of help,C[yen] Mrs Coy said.

C[pounds sterling]I would like to see more voice activation Co screens are not much good if you can't see.C[yen]

Coffs Harbour resident Brenda Martin said she was not in business but wanted to keep up to date with what was happening.

C[pounds sterling]We have wireless broadband and I'm happy with that, but I wanted to find out what the options are,C[yen] she said. …

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