Thou­sands to get NBN

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

MORE than 6500 Dou­ble­view, Kar­rinyup, Gwelup and In­naloo homes were con­nected to the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work (NBN) when it was of­fi­cially switched on in the area last week.

About 18,000 premises in neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs in­clud­ing parts of Church­lands, Herds­man, Os­borne Park, Stir­ling, Wem­b­ley Downs and Wood­lands are also ex­pected to con­nect in the next few months ac­cord­ing to NBN spokes­woman Philippa Perry.

Ms Perry said con­nect­ing to the net­work was not au­to­matic.

“The move to the NBN is not au­to­matic and may take some plan­ning and co-or­di­na­tion,” she said.

“Res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers in the area are en­cour­aged to con­tact their pre­ferred phone com­pany and in­ter­net ser­vice provider to con­nect their home or busi­ness over to the NBN.”

Stir­ling MHR Michael Keenan said the NBN roll­out had been a “topic of great dis­cus­sion” in his elec­torate.

Mr Keenan said he met with Curtin MHR Julie Bishop and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Mitch Fi­field to dis­cuss the roll­out.

“I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing these dis­cus­sions with Min­is­ter Fi­field over the next few months to en­sure that as many Stir­ling res­i­dents as pos­si­ble who are able to con­nect to the net­work do so,” he said.

Stir­ling Mayor Gio­vanni Ital­iano said the staged in­tro­duc­tion of the was “great news” for the community.

“I can­not stress how im­por­tant it is for res­i­dents to sign up to the NBN via their phone or in­ter­net ser­vice provider within 12 months of con­nec­tion or they will be re­quired to pay for a new con­nec­tion,” he said.

“I en­cour­age res­i­dents to check the NBN web­site to find out when con­nec­tion at their ad­dress is sched­uled, or they can reg­is­ter for email alerts.”

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