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Broadband formally launched in Yunderup.

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On Thursday 4th August, Federal Member for Canning Don Randall was delighted to formally launch Broadband ADSL services in Yunderup.

It was a day that seemed a long time coming as the people of Yunderup persevered through several date changes, setbacks and an interim connection to Broadband ADSL services.

Attending the launch at Sandy Cove Tavern in South Yunderup with representatives from Telstra and major partners the Peel Economic Development Unit (PEDU), Mr Randall confirmed that “this service is a fantastic addition to Yunderup’s vibrant community which was only made possible by the hard work of local residents and business.”

On advice from Telstra in February this year, Mr Randall originally informed the electorate of Canning that ADSL would be available in Yunderup by April.

Telstra advised that although the upgrade to the exchange was performed, it appeared the cable technology that would deliver the service to homes throughout Yunderup, was simply inadequate.

In May, Mr Randall communicated the reasons behind the delay to the residents of Yunderup and detailed Telstra’s plan to provide an interim connection which would look and perform exactly like ADSL until new cable technology could be installed in August.

“There have been a few false starts and contingency plans with ADSL in Yunderup but I am happy to confirm to residents that Broadband ADSL is now up and running,” said Mr Randall.

Mr Randall confirmed the upgrade was made possible by The Australian Government’s Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).

Managed by the Department of Communication, Technology and the Arts, HiBIS provides people in regional, rural and remote areas with access to higher bandwidth services at prices close to those in metropolitan areas.

In addition to high-speed internet access, with Broadband ADSL there is no need to dial up access to the internet or install a second telephone line dedicated to the internet. Customers can make or receive

telephone and fax calls while surfing the net.

More than 160 individuals and businesses from Yunderup registered their demand for broadband on Telstra’s ADSL Demand Register.

“I congratulate Telstra Country Wide Manager Geoff Booth in his leadership role in resolving the outstanding issues which ensured the successful launch,” said Mr Randall.

Yunderup residents who are interested in activating or changing to Broadband ADSL should contact the Bigpond ADSL Customer Service line on 13 12 82.