nbn™ & You

Welcome to the nbn™ & You webpage where, over the coming months, helpful factsheets will be posted to help you understand what the nbn is all about and how it will affect you and the education of your geographically isolated children.

 

nbn™ Sky Muster Education Port

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Late in 2015 the Federal Government set nbn™ the task of developing a dedicated port for education for use with the new nbn™ Sky Muster™ Satellite.

nbn™ have been working with State and Territory education departments to develop a new service called an ‘Educational Port’ which can be delivered over a dedicated port at the remote user’s home via Sky Muster™. This port has been designed specifically for distance education however future uses could include health and emergency services. You can read more about the announcement here.

Thank you to BIRRR for such a detailed article regarding the nbn Sky Muster Educational Port. While details of the process are yet to be finalised as each state is different, this article is a great start and will explain how the system is intended to work. ICPA members who have children studying via Distance Education, please take note as this is very relevant to you.

nbn LTSS Early Connection for Eligible Distance Education families.

Where possible nbn is looking to prioritise the installations of equipment at locations where educational activities are taking place by installing hardware ahead of time. This programme works to get the equipment installed at a location – not the services that can be provided over it.

By getting equipment pre-installed at these locations, End Users will be able to rapidly activate their Sky Muster™ services at commercial launch. Applicants MUST supply a student number for verification. Please note that there will not be a working service when the installer leaves the location. You will need to contact an RSP and order an education plan to activate a service after commercial launch of the Sky Muster™ service. The purpose of the pre-installation is so that your nominated RSP will be able to activate a service over this equipment without the need for the regular lead time for hardware installation. We welcome ICPA and non-ICPA members.

Read more here and contact Jeff Little if you would like early installation.

Factsheet 1 -- The nbn LTSS and You

Current indications are that the rollout of the nbn LTSS satellite will commence in mid 2016 and be completed by mid 2017. The rollout will be divided into geographic areas with multiple teams performing the installations.

In most cases, the changeover from your existing Sat to the nbn Sat will simply involve unplugging the computer cable from your existing satellite modem and plugging it into the new nbn one.

This factsheet covers Tech Speak to Home Tutor Translation and in the appendix has the hardware list that you might need. Read More.

Factsheet 2 -- Applying for the nbn Sky Muster LTSS Service

It is essential that customers register their interest on the nbn website map as soon as possible to ensure nbn knows where you are and what type of service you will require. RSP/ISPs can only finalise contacts after the official launch of the Sky Muster service expected in late April 2016. Until then, they are taking ‘expressions of interest’. If you have registered your interest with an RSP/ISP, expect to be contacted after the launch to finalise arrangements.

This factsheet covers the Education Port Registration Update; Education Port Configuration; Large or Remotely Sited Home School Rooms; Closure of ISS Service (Feb 2017); Service Restoration and User Liability. Read More.

Factsheet 3 --  More information on applying for a nbn SkyMuster LTSS

There are a number of steps to be completed when you apply for your new nbn SkyMuster Broadband service.

  1. Confirm your location and type of nbn service.
  2. Should you apply for a Sky Muster service if you are currently getting Mobile Phone Data?
  3. What type of nbn equipment is best for me?
  4. Considerations regarding a VOIP service over satellite.
  5. Research ISP Plans and Costs.
  6. Applying for Primary Broadband service.
  7. Applying for Distance Education service.

Read More

Factsheet 4 -- nbn SkyMuster information -- SkyMuster RSP/ISP

It is essential that customers register their interest on the nbn website map as soon as possible to ensure nbn knows where you are and what type of service you will require. RSP/ISPs can only finalise contacts after the official launch of the Sky Muster service expected in late April 2016. Until then, they are taking ‘expressions of interest’. If you have registered your interest with an RSP/ISP, expect to be contacted after the launch to finalise arrangements.  Read More.

Factsheet 5 -- nbn SkyMuster information -- Education Port -- Grades Covered

nbn™ has advised that Students from eKindy to Year 12 are covered under the nbn™ Education Port rules.

Education Port – Who can apply

Any student who is geographically isolated and are unable due to distance to attend a standard school will be considered. They must attend a Qld Education DE School or a Qld Education recognised NonGovernmentDE School, and have been issued with Student ID numbers for the DE school they attend. A validated Student number is the key to being connected to the Education Port.  Read More