NBN ben­e­fits ‘will come’

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Tari Jef­fers

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.

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