Hon Judi Moylan

Community Broadband Broker funding for Toodyay, Pingelly, Beverley, Bindoon, Lancelin and surrounds

A community broadband broker will now be working to bring people living and working in and around Toodyay, Pingelly, Beverley, Bindoon, Lancelin and their surrounds, a choice of Broadband technologies and service providers, Member for Pearce Judi Moylan announced today. “The Wheatbelt Area Consultative Committee will receive $270,000 in funding for a community broker under the second round of the Australian Government’s Community-based Broadband Demand Aggregation Broker Program,” Ms Moylan said. “The Wheatbelt project will engage a broker for 12 months to educate the community on the benefits of Broadband, aggregate demand and negotiate appropriate Broadband solutions for these communities.” Sixty-six townsites including Wongan Hills, Bindoon, Beverley, Toodyay, Pingelly, Corrigin, Jurien Bay and Lancelin are expected to be targeted by the broker. There are currently 30 companies registered under the Australian Government’s Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS) providing ADSL, satellite and wireless Broadband services in regional areas. “By working with these and other companies, the community broker will seek to provide a combination of solutions to meet our community’s broadband requirements,” Ms Moylan said. Second round funding of $2.6 million of the Australian Government’s Community-based Broadband Demand Aggregation Broker Program will provide funding for 11 new community brokers across Australia. There is now a network of 24 brokers including the 13 brokers announced in round one of the program in July 2004. “The funding is part of the Demand Aggregation Broker Program—one element of the Australian Government’s contribution to the Action Plan of the National Broadband Strategy and forms part of the Government’s response to the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry,” she said. Further information on the Demand Aggregation Broker Program is available at www.dcita.gov.au/ie/broadband

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