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Monday, 24 February 2014
Page: 714

Mr GOODENOUGH (Moore) (16:35): I wish to place on record the inadequacy of access to conventional broadband internet and ADSL services to a number of households in the older suburbs within my electorate of Moore, including Craigie, Duncraig, Edgewater, Hillarys, Marmion and Padbury. These suburbs has been established for more than 30 years and the ageing telecommunications infrastructure is insufficient to deliver internet access to some households at acceptable data-transmission speeds, which are currently available to residents of newer suburbs.

A number of constituents have contacted my office concerned that their homes are unable to be connected to the ADSL services. Inquiries have indicated that the cause is limited capacity at the local exchange and also physical distance from the exchange. It is essential, in this era, that residents living within 30 kilometres of the Perth CBD be provided with universal access to suitable internet bandwidth. I call upon the Minister for Communications to investigate the situation and prioritise the above-mentioned suburbs for urgent communications upgrades and future implementation of the National Broadband Network.