Lo­cals get net work­ing

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Laura Pond

PROB­LEMS with in­ter­net ac­cess in Green­wood spurred res­i­dents to start their own busi­ness.

The group of five men came to­gether while search­ing for so­lu­tions to the on­go­ing is­sue of poor in­ter­net service in the sub­urb.

It came af­ter Hans Mohle met Travis Read, who had “played with wire­less net­works for some time” and had his own net­work ac­cess.

Mr Mohle said they de­cided they needed to make the most of the op­por­tu­nity be­fore the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work ar­rived in the area in late 2018 so the quin­tet pooled their skills to be­come a li­censed car­rier, form­ing Com­mu­nity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in De­cem­ber.

“We saw a window of op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“We’re fo­cused on un­der-ser­viced ar­eas and where the NBN is not go­ing to be for a cou­ple of years.

“We got quite a bit of groundswell; quite a few peo­ple have joined us.”

The busi­ness has its own ac­cess to the in­ter­net de­liv­ered through var­i­ous ac­cess points and the own­ers are all hands-on cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas of ex­per­tise.

“I don’t think we would have been able to do it as one or two in­di­vid­u­als,” Mr Mohle said. “It was a bit of a fluke. “We’re all do­ing this in our spare time.”

He said there were cur­rently five ac­cess points in Green­wood and they were con­nect­ing the same num­ber of cus­tomers per week.

Their fo­cus is on sub­urbs within the Cowan elec­torate that are fac­ing is­sues but are ex­pand­ing to where prob­lems are.

Mr Mohle said the busi­ness was formed out of frus­tra­tion with cur­rent op­tions avail­able to res­i­dents.

“We all ei­ther ex­pe­ri­enced the prob­lems per­son­ally or in­di­rectly through fam­ily,” he said.

“From a chal­lenge we saw an op­por­tu­nity.”

He said there had been an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse from fel­low res­i­dents.

“It’s such a re­lief for a lot of peo­ple,” he said.

“We can now get what we should have in this day and age and not get ripped off.”

Cowan MHR Anne Aly got in­volved in try­ing to source al­ter­na­tives for res­i­dents last year and in early April pub­lished a list of wire­less in­ter­net providers ser­vic­ing sub­urbs in the elec­torate, which in­cluded Clear Net­works, Node 1 In­ter­net and Red Broad­band, along with Com­mu­nity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Mr Mohle said per­son­ally he was pleased op­tions were now avail­able.

“I feel happy as a res­i­dent that there’s a choice for peo­ple.”

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468449 Picture: Martin Ken­nealey

Hans Mohle, Dar­ren Hey­don, Adam Cox and Scott Bridg­man, from Com­mu­nity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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