nbn team to visit Lancelin, Guilderton

In June a Telstra nbn project team will visit Lancelin and Guilderton provide information to residents on how they can connect to the nbn.

LANCELIN and Guilderton residents who missed out on the latest nbn rollout info sessions with Telstra representatives recently will have another chance in June, according to the Shire of Gingin.

President David Roe said another Telstra nbn project team would visit Lancelin and Guilderton to help promote the nbn rollout and provide information to residents on how they can connect to the nbn.

Cr Roe said on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 the project team would be at the Lancelin CRC, 117 Gingin Rd, Lancelin.

He said on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9 the project team would be at the Guilderton General Store carpark, 10 Edwards St, Guilderton.

“The Telstra nbn team will be available at these locations from 9am to 5pm each day,’’ he said.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said Lancelin and Ledge Point residents should take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era.

“The Liberal Government’s National Broadband Network (nbn) will boost productivity and provide a platform for innovation to ensure the economic and social benefits of the internet are available to every Australian,” he said.

“The development of digital technologies has reduced business costs, changed how our children study and learn, and created many more ways to engage socially.”

Mr Porter said the rollout in Pearce was gathering pace thanks to nbn’s simplified network construction and the company’s strong relationship with local contractors.

“Our changes to Labor’s original rollout have prevented monthly internet bills increasing by up to $43 per month and saved around $30 billion in project funding.

Mr Porter said the Liberal Government was rolling out high-speed broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, with every home and business in Australia to be able to connect to the nbn by 2020.

“Today, more than 4.6 million homes and businesses across Australia can connect to the nbn, and there are more than 2 million active users. This compares to just 51,000 connections in the six years of the previous Labor Government.

“It typically takes a couple of weeks to connect up to the nbn after placing an order, and all residents will require new in-home equipment that is compatible with the faster nbn service.

“Under the Liberal Government’s broadband policy, nbn has shaved years off construction time which will see the nbn connect to three out of every four homes and businesses in Australia in 2018.”

More information on how to connect to the nbn is available at www.nbnco.com.au

Meanwhile, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is  procuring an independent third party testing provider to measure and report to the commission on the broadband performance of various broadband services, technologies, speed plans and geographical areas.

The program will use hardware-based devices to perform remote testing of around an anticipated 4000 households to determine typical speeds on nbn services at various points throughout the day, including busy periods.

The testing provider will be expected to provide accurate and reliable data on broadband performance to the ACCC for the ACCC’s analytical and reporting purposes, over the duration of the four-year program.

On April 7 the Federal Government said the commission would receive funding to implement Australia’s first broadband performance monitoring and reporting program.