OPINION: Casualities in slow march to NBN progress

THERE are always winners and losers in just about every decision council makes.

Ballina Shire Council voted yesterday to approve the construction of a 45m tall NBN tower at Lynwood.

While some internet deprived residents were over the moon with the result, for others it was no cause for celebration.

Some nearby residents are going to have a big blinking light flashing in their windows.

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I think most people would agree that internet connections and speeds on the Northern Rivers are second rate when we compare ourselves to our city cousins.

Whenever we do a story about telecommunications in this paper we are deluged with comments and complaints about inadequate services.

I'm often flabbergasted when I watch the nightly news and some rag tag soldier in the deserts of the Middle East is pictured talking on his mobile phone.

We are told in this region we have difficult terrain and a sparse and spread out population base.

So these NBN towers are sprouting up everywhere.

I'm probably like a lot of people, I want a much faster broadband service, but I wouldn't necessarily like a 45m tower over the back fence.

To be honest, it's not exactly how I pictured delivery of the NBN when it was first pitched as 'fibre to the home'.

But like everything, compromise is the key to progress.

Waiting around until everyone agrees and conditions are perfect is a day that may never arrive.



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