Improving basic services critical to communications in Pearce
Posted on Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Federal Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan MP, hosted the Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, and 15 community leaders in a roundtable discussion on the most important communications issues facing Pearce last Thursday.
While the Gillard Government has stated the National Broadband Network will revolutionise how Australians interact with each other and the world, those at the meeting felt basic telecommunications should be provided before an NBN is rolled out.
Many at the meeting expressed their disappointment in not being able to access basic internet services in their area, while many are struggling even to receive quality digital television signal.
Mr Turnbull said he understood the unease in the community about the lack of essential services and said a Coalition Government would prioritise upgrades for those areas with poor service should it win Government.
“A number of towns in Pearce are only an hour from the Perth CBD yet their access to high speed broadband is woeful,” Mrs Moylan said. “Although Broadband services have been extended to cover larger areas of the Wheatbelt, as well as areas to the East and North of the Perth Metropolitan area, the quality of service is poor.
“Phone coverage, both landline and mobile, is also an issue of great concern, particularly for those living in areas with a high risk of bushfire.”