PROBLEMS with internet access in Greenwood spurred residents to start their own business.
The group of five men came together while searching for solutions to the ongoing issue of poor internet service in the suburb.
It came after Hans Mohle met Travis Read, who had “played with wireless networks for some time” and had his own network access.
Mr Mohle said they decided they needed to make the most of the opportunity before the National Broadband Network arrived in the area in late 2018 so the quintet pooled their skills to become a licensed carrier, forming Community Communications in December.
“We saw a window of opportunity,” he said.
“We’re focused on under-serviced areas and where the NBN is not going to be for a couple of years.
“We got quite a bit of groundswell; quite a few people have joined us.”
The business has its own access to the internet delivered through various access points and the owners are all hands-on covering different areas of expertise.
“I don’t think we would have been able to do it as one or two individuals,” Mr Mohle said.
“It was a bit of a fluke.
“We’re all doing this in our spare time.”
He said there were currently five access points in Greenwood and they were connecting the same number of customers per week.
Their focus is on suburbs within the Cowan electorate that are facing issues but are expanding to where problems are.
Mr Mohle said the business was formed out of frustration with current options available to residents.
“We all either experienced the problems personally or indirectly through family,” he said.
“From a challenge we saw an opportunity.”
He said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response from fellow residents.
“It’s such a relief for a lot of people,” he said.
“We can now get what we should have in this day and age and not get ripped off.”
Cowan MHR Anne Aly got involved in trying to source alternatives for residents last year and in early April published a list of wireless internet providers servicing suburbs in the electorate, which included Clear Networks, Node 1 Internet and Red Broadband, along with Community Communications.
Mr Mohle said personally he was pleased options were now available.
“I feel happy as a resident that there’s a choice for people.”