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Affordable broadband coming to Tomago.



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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson 26th July 2004 AFFORDABLE BROADBAND COMING TO TOMAGO People living or working in Tomago will soon have access to ADSL, the Federal Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin said. The Telstra Demand Register enables residents in a community to register their interest in gaining ADSL. Once a certain level of interest in a community has been reached, Telstra then examines upgraded ADSL and all issues surrounding access to ADSL in that community such as technical issues, market growth and the size of the exchange. The number of people that need to register for ADSL in Tomago has reduced from 150 to 70.. There has so far been 101 people register on the Telstra Demand Register from Tomago. “This drop in the number of people required to registered for ADSL is very good news for Tomago, which has already passed the required amount,” Mr Baldwin said. “ADSL broadband delivers a number of benefits such as faster internet access, no need to dial up to access the internet and no need for a second line dedicated to the internet, so users can make or receive telephone and fax calls while surfing the net. “This will benefit a number of residents and small business in Tomago.” People living in Paterson will soon have the choice of moving to broadband Internet - at affordable prices - thanks to the Australian Government’s $107.8 million Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS). The HiBIS program was established in response to the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry, to improve access to and the affordability of broadband services in regional, rural and remote Australia. HiBIS provides incentive payments to Internet service providers who provide eligible customers with higher bandwidth services at prices comparable with those available in metropolitan areas. For more information on eligibility and contact details for registered HiBIS providers, follow the HiBIS link on www.telinfo.gov.au or phone 1800 883 488