Morley and Noranda residents speak of broadband blues

Morley and Noranda residents speak of broadband blues

MORE than 100 residents expressed their frustrations with slow broadband speeds in Morley and Noranda at a National Broadband Network (NBN) forum last Tuesday.

Perth MHR Tim Hammond and East Metropolitan MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson hosted the forum at the Morley-Noranda Recreation Club with residents and businesses in attendance.

Mr Hammond said residents were frustrated with the lack of broadband access.

“Residents are acutely aware that access to high-speed broadband is essential for their children’s education and local jobs,” he said.

“They have a strong understanding of the superiority of fibre and the degraded state of the copper network.”

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NBN WA corporate affairs manager Ebony Aitken said Noranda was in the future plans for the NBN network with detailed designs to start in the second half of 2017.

“NBN is connecting Australian communities to fast broadband, with a focus on getting under-served areas connected as quickly as possible,” she said.

“While NBN would like to connect everyone at the same time, we are constrained by economic and physical resources.

“Ultimately though, no one will miss out on access to fast internet and the overall aim is to connect eight million premises across Australia by 2020.”

Ms Aitken said there was a focus on getting under-served areas connected quickly.

“In fact, to date more than 70 per cent of our available network is in under-served areas,” she said.

Ms Sanderson said time was “running out” for the State, which was being left behind the rest of Australia and global competitors.