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Broadband Boost in the Bush

Telstra to increase ADSL connectivity in the bush By David Hague

Broadband access in the bush is expected to expand more rapidly after Telstra announced plans to approximately halve the number of customers required to make ADSL installation viable at rural telephone exchanges. The changes are made possible as a result of the Governments Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).

Group Managing Director of Telstra Country Wide, Doug Campbell, announced the plan at a function attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, in Gunnedah, NSW.

?Telstra is committed to rolling out BigPond Broadband ADSL to areas where our ADSL Demand Register records enough customer demand. We welcome the incentives offered by the HiBIS scheme to telecommunications carriers. As a result. Teistra expects to be able to reduce the thresholds on that register in rural areas by between 40 and 60 per cent, once our agreement with the Government is finalised, Mr Campbell said.

?HiBIS will drive significant new broadband investment in regional and rural Australia and help fill any perceived gaps in broadband availability.


The ADSL Demand Registers thresholds indicate the customer demand required to make the delivery of ADSL viable.

A number of small exchanges do not have a threshold set, but Telstra has undertaken to investigate the costs of ADSL installation and set a trigger point when expressions of interest reach 60. This figure is also expected to halve as a result of the HiBIS impact.

The ADSL Broadband Register was launched in October 2003 to encourage broadband take-up and to help direct the future rollout to places where the service was most wanted.

In addition to high-speed internet access. BigPond Broadband ADSL eliminates the need for a second line dedicated to the internet as customers can make and receive phone or fax calls at the same time as surfing the net.

Telstra expe.ts to be able to also announce this new satellite pricing in the near future.

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Moving back to WA, David wrote scripts for Computer Television for video training for the just released Windows and Office 95 among others, and was then lured to Sydney to create web sites for the newly commercial Internet in 1995, building hundreds of sites under contract to OzEmail including Coates Hire, Hertz Queensland, John Williamson, the NSW Board of Studies and many, many more.

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