David Stuart

Noosa pushes for faster NBN rollout

CHAMBER of Commerce and Industry Queensland Noosa hopes a meeting this month with NBN Co representatives will lead to an advanced rollout of the broadband network in the region.

The availability of adequate broadband is a constraint on small business in the Noosa region, as it is for many businesses across the Sunshine Coast.

NBN's Queensland Community Affairs Manager Ryan Williams will meet with CCIQ Noosa and local business organisations and other stakeholders in Noosa on Wednesday, July 22.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss advised State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes on June 5 that the Noosa region had been included in NBN Co's 18-month rollout plan.

But that could mean suitable broadband not being available to small business until early 2017, says CCIQ Noosa.

Mr Elmes will also be at the meeting and had earlier written to Mr Truss explaining connectivity and broadband quality issues impacting on the business community.

President Sarah Fisher said she hoped to "forcefully" put her case to the Minister and NBN Co.

"It is a matter of basic equity. Access to adequate broadband is a vital piece of enabling infrastructure, upon which the fortunes and growth of many local businesses depend," she said.

"It is also a matter of basic amenity to those many residents who experience irregular broadband connection, or are even unable to access broadband from their home.

"Why is the Noosa Shire being held back by the failure to provide this basic infrastructure within a reasonable timeframe? Why can't businesses and residents in Noosa have access to similar broadband capability as currently available in Melbourne or Sydney?"

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