The first stage of the program is to extend a fibre backbone from Lithgow to Orange in 2004-05. Under stage two the backbone will continue through to Dubbo in 2005-06. The total cost of both stages will be almost $11 million. So Dubbo will be on the fiber-optic backbone by 2006. 2006 The rest of the world will be fiber to lounge-room by then. Living in The Bush is losing its appeal.