NBN in Willunga: the low-down

Summary:We talk about the NBN with those who are in the know — people who are actually using services over the network.

The tiny town of Willunga, 47 kilometres south of Adelaide and just a cork's throw from McLaren Vale, was one of the first places in Australia to experience the National Broadband Network (NBN). Reports show that the take-up rate has been high, so does this mean that the town is a showplace for Labor's brand new network?

In this week's Twisted Wire, we call on many of the local people to get their thoughts about the NBN. There are two Michaels: one who works at the local office supply store, and is clearly excited by the opportunities; and the other, who's annoyed that he fell just outside of the coverage area. We hear from Linda, whose business is dependent on a reliable internet connection, and Melinda, at the Alma Hotel, where free Wi-Fi is now an added service for customers. Then there's Helen, who talks about the impact on the real-estate market.

You'll also hear from Amanda Rishworth, the Labor MP whose Kingston electorate includes the town of Willunga. She's a big proponent of the NBN, and, you could argue, does a sell job as good as (if not better than) Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy.

You'll hear that there's a mixed reaction from residents, and a clear need for more education and training. The question is, who should be doing it?

Running time: 32 minutes, 29 seconds

Topics: NBN, Networking


Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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