I am writing to you with regards to Internet in Picola. I live literally a stone throw from the Picola telephone exchange and I am extremely cheesed off that we are being left behind from the rest of the country. I’m not sure if the Labor Party thinks that Picola is in a different country to the rest of Australia, but as Regional Victorians we were being told that the National Broadband Network (NBN or perhaps No Bush Net) was to bring regional Australia up to speed with the rest of the main cities.
Low and behold we are not getting the NBN or even ADSL, so how can this be bringing Picola up to speed.
I already have WiFi internet which is nowhere near quick enough or reliable enough, I have one bar on signal and have to move it around to get that bar. I have constant drop outs and as to a land line, there is no competition as the only land-line you can have in Picola is through Telstra.
I would dearly love the chance to have internet television I set my children’s grandparents up with Internet in Nathalia on ADSL with 200 gigs of data for $49.95 and I can only have five gigs for the same price here, so how can that be fair and equal. You cannot run a business on the internet from out here just having anti-virus updates alone on four computers chews heavily into my lousy five gigs. I am not really asking for much, just to be able to switch on to ADSL at the exchange would make a heap of difference. I performed a download on my in-laws computer in Nathalia which took seven seconds to download 17 megs the same download would take approx seven minutes, just please give us little people ADSL so we can keep up with the rest of the country. We have a son who is in QLD and I would love to be able to Skype with him, but it is not possible as there is no ADSL here.