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Negotiating better broadband access for regional Australia.



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NEGOTIATING BETTER BROADBAND ACCESS FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

19 December 2003 36/03

Communities will soon be better resourced to obtain improved broadband access through the Australian Government's Broadband Demand Aggregation Broker Program.

From tomorrow, Saturday 20 December, applications are invited for funding under this program, which is a key element of the $142.8 million National Broadband Strategy Action Plan and part of the Government's response to the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry.

Regional, remote and rural organisations, such as not-for-profit, local education or health service providers, local governments and other local associations, are eligible to apply for funding under the Broadband Demand Aggregation Broker Program.

The funding will enable these organisations to engage a broker who can assist them to better identify and meet their broadband requirements.

Demand aggregation brokers will assist community groups to co-ordinate possible users of broadband; identify appropriate services and technologies to meet their needs; and use this information in negotiations with service providers.

These projects can dramatically improve technological access and online services for Australians in regional areas.

Community Based Broadband Demand Aggregation Broker documentation is available from the 'view tenders, current' section of the AusTender website at http://www.tenders.gov.au or by e-mailing the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) at contracts@noie.gov.au.

Further information about applications can be obtained from Danielle Farrow at NOIE on (02) 6271 1196.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 5 March 2004.

Media Contact: Carina Tan-Van Baren (02) 6277 7480 or 0439 425 373