TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILING UP TO 200,000 REGIONAL BROADBAND CONSUMERS

Up to 200,000 regional Australians are at risk of being stranded with inferior broadband services unless the Turnbull Government steps in to provide certainty and assurance to Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs).

These are non-NBN wireless broadband providers who are currently transmitting in the 3.6 Ghz spectrum that has been earmarked for auction for 5G mobile services.

Labor wants the 5G spectrum auction to proceed as soon as possible – but the WISP problem must be addressed by the Minister as a matter of urgency.

The Government must ensure that these regional Australians are not left worse off by the planned spectrum auction.

During Senate Estimates, yesterday, the Government confirmed it had no plans to address the concerns of more than 38 regional businesses providing high-speed broadband in rural and regional Australia.

These companies provide a superfast wireless broadband services in the NBN satellite footprint where NBN either can’t or won’t provide the same quality of service.

Councils, small businesses and households in Regional Australia are relying on these innovative regional businesses to work, do business and complete their studies.

The Turnbull Government must act now to provide certainty to them.

On 12 January, I wrote to the Minister for Communications and the Minister for Regional Communications asking them to intervene.

Tragically, the National Party has been too distracted with its own internal disputes to focus on the needs of regional consumers.

 

**Locations identified where WISPs provide services:

Shoalhaven

NSW

Nowra and surrounds

NSW

Albury Wodonga

NSW/VIC

Stanthorpe, Tenterfield, Warwick, Allora, Clifton

QLD/NSW

Palm Beach, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Northern NSW

QLD/NSW

Adelaide & Melbourne suburbs

VIC/SA

Queanbeyan Bungendore

ACT/NSW

Toowong,

QLD

Tasmania

TAS

North Lakes

QLD

Parkes

NSW

Cooma, Adaminaby, Mount Perisher, Berridale, Dalgety, Kalkite, Varneys Range, Jindabyne, Smiggins, Albury Wodonga, Newcastle, Cessnock, Gloucester, Pokolbin, Forster, Tea Gardens, Tuncurry, Taree, Nelson Bay

NSW/VIC

Perth, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Dandenongs, Melbourne suburbs, Adelaide,

WA/VIC/SA

Dalby Toowoomba

 

Tasmania

TAS

Nuriootpa, Adelaide

SA

WA mining communities and Mines

WA

Gladstone, Curtis and Facing Islands, Beecher, Buyrua, Tarwin, West Stowe

QLD

Adelaide, Gawler, Port Adelaide

SA

Melbourne

VIC

Robina

SA

Shoalhaven, South Coast and Southern Highlands

NSW

Merimbula, Pambula, Tura Beach, Pambula Beach, Bald Hills, South Pambula, Lochiel, Millingandi, Greigs Flat, Bega & Eden

NSW

Rockhampton, Emerald Mackay, Townsville, Mount Isa, Cairns, Perth

QLD/WA

Ilabo, Cootamundra, Adelong, Tumut, Gundagai, Jugiong, Bookham, Bethungra, Wallanbeen

NSW

Albany

WA

Bowral, East Bowral, Moss Vale, Burradoo, Renwick, Belanglo, Canyonleigh, Joadja / Mandemar (Eagle Rock)
Gingenbullen, Sutton Forest,  Moss Vale

NSW

Canberra

ACT

Bunbury, North West, Mid West and South West regions of WA.

WA

Perth, Hobart

WA/TAS

Sale, Seaspray

VIC

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba

NSW/QLD

Brisbane

QLD