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More FIBRE [Film Industry Broadband Resources Enterprise] richness for post-production film sector diet.

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More FIBRE richness for post-production film sector diet

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, today announced an additional grant of $150,000 in continued support of the Film Industry Broadband Resources Enterprise (FIBRE) for 2003-04.

As part of the Commonwealth Government's $92.7 million Film Industry Package of September 2001, FIBRE was previously granted $600,000 over two years to develop and implement a demand aggregation case on the bandwidth requirements for the post-production industry.

The FIBRE initiative was established in response to concerns by the local post-production industry that the cost of bandwidth was a key barrier to Australia remaining at the forefront of this competitive global industry.

Post-production companies use large amounts of data that are distributed nationally and internationally in bursts, and until the creation of FIBRE, many Australian post-production companies found it difficult to find appropriate and competitive bandwidth pricing.

Since its inception, FIBRE has succeeded in driving down the cost of both connection to broadband networks and costs of transmitting data. By working with telecommunications partner Uecomm, FIBRE has introduced innovative features such as bandwidth on demand-with no change fees-and free local traffic within each state. FIBRE's current network of customers extends from Brisbane to Melbourne and involves eight companies at 11 sites.

Australian post-production companies are already reaping the benefits of FIBRE. One of Australia's largest post-production companies estimates that using FIBRE services will save it $100,000 in the first year of the contract, and $500,000 over the life of the three-year contract.

The Australian Government's further support for FIBRE will enable it to continue its work and offer these opportunities to more post-production companies - particularly as this funding is to be matched by the Victorian and New South Wales State Governments.

Support for FIBRE is part of the Government's ongoing support for Australia's creative and digital content industries. This support helps these industries deliver cutting edge content and applications to domestic customers and highly competitive global markets.

It also forms part of the Government's wider support for broadband content and demand aggregation strategies, and complements measures such as the $12.4 million Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Interaction Design and the $2.1 million Broadband Content Fund.

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97/03 25 June 2003