Real-life NBN performance wows users

ROLL OUT: Demonstrator for NBN Co Truck Nicole Parker shows off some of the fibre optic cable as the NBN Co truck visited Grafton.
ROLL OUT: Demonstrator for NBN Co Truck Nicole Parker shows off some of the fibre optic cable as the NBN Co truck visited Grafton. Adam Hourigan

BONNIE Cappell is more up to speed than most when it comes to the National Broadband Network and after seeing what it can do she says it has definitely met her expectations.

The Computer Troubleshooters North Coast owner said she had already seen the benefits, especially in households full of teens.

"We are actually seeing some of our clients in Coffs Harbour who have signed on," she said.

"We tested it at a friend's place with teenagers.

"Most parents don't let their kids use Spotify because it takes up such large file sizes, but we had a couple of laptops running; they were googling things, Spotify all running t the same time. The benefits are fabulous."

Ms Cappell said she still saw the dodgy service experienced by many internet users in the Grafton area and she couldn't wait for them to have access to the technology.

"I have got clients who are only a few kilometres out of Grafton who are on dial-up and using a dongle still," she said.

She said her business didn't deal directly with NBN but she expected to be called to the rescue when people signed up for it.

"A lot of people are going to have technical issues because their computers are older," she said.

"The younger set, any one below about 50 years old, are upgrading technology at a really rapid rate," she said.

"It's going to be the older people that already have got old computers they have inherited from adult children.

Construction on the NBN started in Grafton last week with the first clients being able to sign up in six to nine months. Construction is taking place in parts of Grafton, South Grafton and Waterview Heights.

Go to and type in your address to find out when construction will start in your area.

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