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Business asked to join in Redlands Business Internet survey

Redland City Council is asking all city business owner operators to take part in an online survey as part of efforts to improve the city’s internet services and connectivity.

The survey available through Your Say Redlands is being conducted as part of a review of current and planned broadband infrastructure for the city aimed at identifying gaps in both coverage and capacity.

Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary encouraged all Redland city businesses to help by taking time to complete the 10 minute survey which will be available and open online for the next month beginning on Wednesday 21 September.

“The Survey is part of the review recommended by the newly formed Redland City Economic Development Advisory Board” Cr Boglary said.

“The Board’s recommendation follows University of Queensland independent research in 2015 that again confirmed past 2013 survey findings that internet connectivity continues to be an economic impediment across the city.

“In recommending the review as one if its first Advisory Board recommendations, the Board argued strongly that fast and reliable internet infrastructure is a key economic development enabler for the city.

“The survey, designed to better understand business usage and service impediments, is just one part of Council’s two part business internet review process.

“The second component being undertaken by Council, is an examination of the current and proposed broadband infrastructure and an attempt to identify gaps in the Redlands that would benefit from additional infrastructure.

“Council’s Information Management Office and its CIO are engaging directly with leading network providers to better understand their network capacity and future solutions.

“These conversations may help provide us with clear opportunities for future partnerships that address our cities infrastructure needs and fill any gaps.

“We want to be a city at the leading edge of business and technology innovation and that requires consistent and expandable internet capacity not a slow speed and patchy network.

“Whether it is facilitating consistent customer services through the growing “brick and click” retail business trend or providing the essential broadband capacity for high value low footprint professional service businesses – consistent service and capacity is fundamental.”

Internet connectivity in Redland City to be reviewed

A review of internet infrastructure in the Redlands will be conducted after an independent survey tabled in today’s Council meeting showed internet access continued to be a major barrier for local business.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the University of Queensland survey was part of an update on the Redland City Economic Development Advisory Board which identified internet connectivity continued to be an economic impediment across the city.

“Connectivity is critical to business success and anyone who has tried to do business in the Redlands knows that access to fast and reliable internet continues to be an issue,” she said.

“As such Council will commission, as a matter of priority, a review of the existing and proposed  high speed broadband infrastructure in the Redlands, including the Commonwealth Government’s proposed National Broadband Network.”

Cr Williams said the objective of the review was to identify gaps where additional internet infrastructure was needed.

“This review in itself won’t improve internet connectivity in the short term, but what it will do is show where extra internet infrastructure is needed to ensure as a community we are connected from an economic and social perspective.”

Cr Williams said the suggestion had come from Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board, which included considerable expertise in internet connectivity.

“The members of the economic advisory board were selected because they have the experience needed to provide strategic advice to local business and deliver on our economic development framework,” she said.

“This includes Chair Samantha Kennedy who has extensive experience in internet connectivity.”

Cr Williams said the economic advisory board would also undertake development of industry sector action plans, prioritising the health care and social assistance and education and training sectors.

“The board identified these sectors as potential economic and employment generators, so Council has agreed to develop action plans to help the city take advantage of the opportunities they present,” she said.