NBN in Dungog Grounding Startups With Inconsistent Connection

July 20, 2017

Frustration is definitely all around the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) effort in connecting the whole country since not everyone is reaping the benefits of the service offered in the rollout, according to a report by News.com.au.

Meet Tim Norris, a resident of the small town of Dungog in the Hunter region of NSW, and is an owner of a small IT business. Aside from his super slow internet connection that is making him consider to move his business into his home wherein he already has an NBN connection, he is also frustrated by the fact that houses just a few streets away were connected to fibre speeds of up to 100Mbps since the switch over last February. Moreover, Mr. Norris said that 100 businesses and houses located on the main street were excluded without explanation.

Mr. Norris bravely slammed the “digital divide” outcome of the incompetent rollout of the NBN, which was depriving thousands of businesses in the region.

“It would actually make more sense for me to move the business back to home, where I have fibre-to-the-node,” he said as quoted on News.com.au.

A freedom-of-information request was created, demanding answers on how boundary lines were chosen. Unfortunately, the request was pushed back in April.

“I just want to know why,” he said as quoted on News.com.au. “As well as that, NBN said it was originally going to be fixed wireless, they’ve since changed that to fibre-to-the-node. It shows they’re able to change the mix, so why can’t they just take it a step further and offer fibre-to-the-premises?”

Mr. Norris said, as reported on News.com.au, the NBN was not able to continue to make promises in covering townships, “then sweep through and leave thousands of small businesses off the grid”.

He has also rallied local politicians that included Dungog Shire councillor Tracy Norman, who said the situation is “untenable” for small businesses in regional NSW.

“I sat through a presentation to councillors by the NBN Co that indicated that the CBD of Dungog would be covered, and then they promoted the fixed wireless tower at Marshdale near Dungog as being completed ahead of schedule,” Ms. Norman said as quoted on News.com.au.

“There was no mention at all of streets being deliberately left off the grid until 2020. I have two businesses in the commercial hub of Dowling Street in Dungog — one won’t be covered but another two blocks away will. How random can this process be?”

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