OPINION: Let’s not accept a second-rate version of NBN
HAS anyone noticed the scary broadband ad on television at the moment?
It's trumpeting the merits of checking out whether the NBN now comes past your place.
But it also has two messages that will be a little frightening for many people.
First, parts of the existing broadband infrastructure will be switched off and you'll have to talk to an internet provider.
Me and internet providers don't seem to speak the same language.
One thing I do know is that there's likely to be a great divide in the internet speeds achievable in major metro areas and some urban areas of the Northern Rivers and more remote locations across our vast region.
One person at work already has satellite broadband and the early feedback has not been good.
Loading simple pages can be an exercise in frustration with the dreaded round circle timing out before a page is brought up.
Access to fast broadband is essential to the growth of the Northern Rivers.
As more and more businesses and individuals can work from "anywhere" we'd like that anywhere to be the Northern Rivers.
In a recent survey comparing internet speeds across the globe, Australia was well outside the top 10.
We have an average connection speed of 7.8 megabits per second whereas South Korea has 26.7.
Australia lags behind some of our major trading partners in the United States (12.6), Japan (15) and even New Zealand (8.7).
Access to fast broadband should be something you consider when making your mark at the next federal election.