In­ter­net black spots anger

Wanneroo Times - - News - Laura Pond

A MO­TION call­ing for im­proved telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices in Ma­rig­iniup led Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors to high­light is­sues fac­ing sev­eral other sub­urbs.

Cr Dianne Guise tabled the mo­tion at the April 4 meet­ing, re­quest­ing the chief ex­ec­u­tive en­cour­age Ma­rig­iniup res­i­dents to nom­i­nate their sub­urb as a mo­bile cov­er­age black spot, ask res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers to high­light other ar­eas in the City where in­ter­net ser­vices were a prob­lem and lobby the Fed­eral Government for ad­e­quate ser­vices.

Her mo­tion said coun­cil­lors were con­stantly hear­ing from res­i­dents that in­ter­net ser­vices were “less than sat­is­fac­tory”.

“With an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple wish­ing to work from home and with the need for stu­dents to be able to study af­ter hours on­line, this prob­lem needs to be ad­dressed,” it said.

“The City is go­ing to need a fast and re­li­able in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy sys­tem for the Neer­abup in­dus­trial area if we are to suc­cess­fully en­cour­age com­pa­nies to lo­cate their busi­ness in our re­gion.”

A City report said it was con­sis­tent with its ap­proach to cre­ate aware­ness of mo­bile black spots and would con­tinue to work with the com­mu­nity to high­light the need for bet­ter ser­vices.

It said there was “reg­u­lar and on­go­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion” with NBN Co about the roll­out of the na­tional broad­band net­work.

Cr Dot New­ton sec­onded the mo­tion, la­ment­ing the prob­lem in­ad­e­quate cov­er­age caused small busi­ness own­ers and en­cour­aged res­i­dents to con­tact the City so it could “map out” ar­eas with ser­vice is­sues.

North ward Cr Linda Aitken moved an amend­ment to in­clude Two Rocks, Alki­mos and Eglin­ton as res­i­dents had “re­peat­edly” told her of prob­lems with in­ter­net and mo­bile phone ser­vices.

Cr Natalie San­galli said Cara­booda and Now­er­gup were also af­fected.

Cr Guise said the mo­tion’s in­tent was to raise pub­lic aware­ness of the prob­lem and en­cour­age all res­i­dents and busi­ness op­er­a­tors in the City to high­light ar­eas of con­cern.

The meet­ing was ad­journed to cre­ate an amend­ment re­flect­ing this, which was passed unan­i­mously.

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