Forget about Angry Birds, the National Broadband Network [NBN] has got its first Hungry Birds. Or, to be more specific, the Hungry Birds Cafe in Brunswick, Victoria.
Melbourne’s first NBN cafe was officially opened by Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson.
The cafe is attached to a building housing eight small businesses, all of which are connected to the NBN's fixed line high-speed broadband.
The press quotes in the official statement were, as usual, bland.
“Not only does Hungry Birds provide great food and coffee, but its customers can also experience the speed of the NBN through free Wi-Fi,” Senator Conroy said in a statement.
He added that as the NBN rollout continued he expected cafes like Hungry Birds to become the norm.
“Our customers are always our number one priority. That's why our cafe is focused on delivering quality - whether that is with our food and coffee; or the fast broadband provided by the NBN,” Hungry Birds owners Anne-Marie De-Boni and Ruth Quirk.
The launch was, of course, another day in the continuing publicity war over the NBN and featured the inevitable demonstration of its capabilities.
To show what the NBN can do over Wi-Fi, Senator Conroy and Thomson took part in a video conference with three NBN-enabled Digital Hubs in Brunswick; Townsville, Queensland; and Kiama, New South Wales.
Brunswick is one of the first places in Australia with access to the National Broadband Network. The NBN is now available in more than 2700 homes and businesses in Brunswick.
NBN construction is underway for another 14,500 premises in the area.
Across Victoria, fibre construction will have started or be completed to 691,600 homes and businesses by mid-2015.