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Perth businesses get a leg up in the new economy.



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SENATOR THE HON IAN CAMPBELL Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Media Release

Perth businesses get a leg up in the new economy Businesses in Perth and West Perth office buildings will now be able to voice concerns regarding issues relating to inequitable access to world-class telecommunications services through Perth's Building Access Forum Western Australian Liberal, Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, said today at the first meeting of the group.

'The Building Access Forum (BAF) in Perth will ensure that disputes between building owners and managers, and telecommunications carriers do not obstruct businesses of Perth office buildings from the ability to access the entire range of telecommunications infrastructure and services at the lowest possible prices,' said Senator Campbell.

The Perth BAF will be a regional sub-group of the Telecommunications Building Access Roundtable (TBAR) established in Sydney. TBAR was created to provide a solution-focused forum for telecommunications carriers, building owners and managers, businesses and telecommunications users to resolve issues effectively. The Perth BAF will also include representatives from these stakeholder groups.

'Today, a vast array of modern 21st century technology and equipment is being installed, implemented and utilised in buildings designed for the 20th century,' said Senator Campbell.

'The Federal Government's deregulation of the telecommunications sector has resulted in the number of carriers increase from two to over 70 in five years. This creates competition, however, it also creates some practical issues.

'During the past seven months TBAR has worked closely with the Australian Communications Industry Forum's (ACIF) Building Access Working Committee to develop a draft industry Code regarding infrastructure inspection, management and maintenance; access for, and types of new equipment installation; and the protection of infrastructure and property owner assets.'

The draft Building Access Operation and Installation Code is open for comment until 6 June. Further information is available at www.acif.org.au.

'The TBAR industry initiative is working through strategic and practical issues encompassing the delivery of telecommunications services essential to conducting business in the information age,' said Senator Campbell.

'The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that the benefits of full and open competition are available to all businesses - regardless of where, or how many floors above street level, they are located. The Perth BAF will assist business to realise these benefits.'

Media contact: Georgia-Kate Schubert, Senator Campbell's Office 02 6277 3955 or 0419 265234

17 May 2001

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