Govt picks two ISPs for rural areas

Two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were recently approved to be the providers for the Australian Government's Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).Broadcasting Engineering Services (BES), trading as e-wire, and the Regional Broadband Services (RBBS) were the two ISPs picked for the broadband rollout.

Two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were recently approved to be the providers for the Australian Government's Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).

Broadcasting Engineering Services (BES), trading as e-wire, and the Regional Broadband Services (RBBS) were the two ISPs picked for the broadband rollout.

BES is a Western Australian company offering cable broadband services to greenfields land developments in the regions around Perth. Roll out of the services to areas in the south-west will start from July 2004.

BES initially installed Hybrid Fibre Coax cables (HFC) in greenfield land development sites for the reticulation of free-to-air television services. The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts said this same network will be used to deliver a "broader range of services."

RBBS, on the other hand, is a Canberra-based start-up company that delivers high speed, two-way, broadband Internet services nationally through a Direct to Home (DTH) Satellite Service to people living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

The RBBS will supply services through a ViaSat Surfbeam two-way satellite terminal modem and provide a one metre satellite dish and associated receiver/transmitter equipment.

The AU$107.8 million HiBIS program is the government's answer to the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry in improving access and broadband services in regional and rural areas.

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