ORANGE City Council and the Orange Business Chamber are hopeful the city’s business owners and entrepreneurs will take advantage of seminar on the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) commercial benefits.
NBN’s chief customer officer John Simon and head of sales Rob Hacker will speak at the Hotel Canobolas at 10.30am on Thursday.
With around half of Orange’s residential and commercial blocks now able to switch on to NBN – and the remainder to connect in the coming weeks – Orange mayor John Davis said the opportunities for businesses to expand and diversify were enormous.
“Fast and reliable broadband will be vital in bridging the digital divide and allowing business operators in regional areas to compete on a local, national and global stage.” Councillor John Davis said.
“This seminar will give local operators the chance to hear about the big picture of the potential that comes with this kind of connection.”
Cr Davis believes the system will not only reward the city’s present business owners but attract new ones as well.
“One of the questions people ask is about the internet and the speed of the connection in a regional city,” he said.
“They know you can’t run a business without it and they want to be confident four or five wireless devices will work at once.”
Residents can find out whether they’re home or business is ready to connect to the NBN at nbnco.com.au/switch.
They can then contact their preferred phone or internet provider to make the switch.