NBN benefits ‘will come’
POLITICAL representatives at each level of government are aware of issues people in the region are having with NBN speeds but remain optimistic about the future of the service. As reported in the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times last week, people’s most common issues with fibre-to-the-node NBN have been reported as slow speeds and lack of communication with their preferred service providers.
O’Connor MHR Rick Wilson said the feedback he had heard regarding NBN was “overwhelmingly positive”.
“I’m aware there have been some complaints from the Manjimup region about internet services but the majority of people in O’Connor tell me their connection speeds under NBN are far better than anything they have experienced previously,” he said.
Mr Wilson encouraged people to research the NBN packages they bought.
“In some cases, slower speeds can be a result of congestion on a particular RSP network... rather than the amount of bandwidth purchased from NBN,” he said.
Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei agreed people should do research about potential service providers ahead of signing up to NBN.
“It’s up to individuals to use initiative and find out what provider works best for them,” he said.
“We’ve been told it’ll be better and quicker, which is what people want, but you have to give it a chance,” he said.
Cr Omodei added that reliable communications was important to regional communities.
Manjimup Shire Council chief executive officer Andrew Campbell said it was important to understand speed issues were not an NBN Co. issue, but a result of congestion on bandwidth purchased by service providers.
He advised people to purchase their own NBN infrastucture, including a modem, and not lock into any contract.
Mr Campbell said once NBN was up and running at its fullyrealised potential, it would provide an internet service previously unseen in the community.
“It opens up the possibility for the community, including economic development, not only for local people, but for people looking to move to the area,” he said.
Warren Blackwood MLA Terry Redman said he had heard of NBN issues but the full roll out was an opportunity for regions.
“Nothing unlocks potential of regions more than IT and telecommunications, so it is a topic of interest to us,” he said.