The federal government's national broadband plan might be unpopular on city talk-back radio, but attitudes are very different in the regional NSW electorate of New England, reports The Australian Financial Review .
Labor's roadshow to promote the benefits of its optical fibre dream to the bush kicked off in earnest yesterday in the town of Armidale.
Armidale is being closely watched by all sides as it is likely to provide the first test of demand for the project outside of Tasmania.
So far, Armidale seems to like it. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said almost 90 per cent of the 5739 premises eligible to receive the NBN under a trial rollout had opted to connect.
Wish the NBN was being rolled out in my suburb—I am on pair gain using 3G and can tell you wireless truly sucks!
This will change the way regional Australians see themselves and their communities. The great wide brown land that little bit smaller and will be more connected than ever before.
Living outside the cities will not be as big of a disadvantage as it always has been...change it is a comin! Regional and rural Australians, you will never look back!
Country Australia just got a serious shot in the arm.....make the most of it everyone! Cheers!
Those worried about "the pipe" should realise this will be somewhat out of NBNs control once it reaches the ISP of choice.
No doubt at all.
"How do I turn a computer on derp derp".
80-90% I think will be average for most mainland deployments. Especially those in areas of mostly people under 40yro.
Its so hard to run a business in the country when Telstra hits you with unfair higher fees that people in the city does not pay.
Cant wait till the NBN hits my doorstep!
1x Half Decent City Man looking for 1x Half Decent Country Girl.......... :P
I hoped I would like satellite broadband because it was faster than dial-up but I hated slow page loads due latency when it was connected.
I hoped I would like wireless on 3G because it didn't suffer from latency, but I hate when my rural tower grinds to crawl during periods of high demand, and Armidale will hate their NBN when they have to share the available bandwidth with the rest of Australia.
At the moment Armidale only likes what Tony Windsor has told them to expect to like.
I thought after being duped by Windsor already they might have been smarter than that!
Also, at last one politician has had the fortitude to stand up the News Ltd bully boys and their concerted programme of misinformation on the NBN.
If only all politicians had as much courage ....
If not, then it is a little pointless to point out 90%, because I would also join up if i didn't have to pay full price.
At the moment, its like a Telstra pay half now for 6 months, pay double for the 3 years after that type deal.
How many users will drop off, once full pricing is introduced and they can get cheaper with current technologies, without the need for the extra speed?