This week it was revealed that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had his residence at Point Piper and Kirribilli House connected to the fastest speeds available on the NBN.
Turnbull will have speeds of up to 100Mb/s available, despite telling the ABC in 2013 that most people don’t need that speed to get their internet browsing, school work or, ahem, personal video viewing, done.
On Australia By Night with Stephen Cenatiempo, the NBN and mobile coverage issues have generated overwhelming listener anger, with many callers from the Hunter Valley and Central Coast highlighting blackspots and telecommunication failures in suburbia. Goodness knows how our country cousins cope.
Highly populated areas like Umina, Lisarow, Narara, Caves Beach and Raymond Terrace were pinpointed as having mobile coverage issues while the NBN had KOFM callers riled up right across the region. In fact, over 27,000 people complained to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman about the NBN in one year alone!
Some Aberglasslyn residents only got the NBN in August 2017, a full year later than their neighbours. Micronode boxes were installed but deemed faulty, so NBNco wouldn’t switch them on until a fix had been found. ITNews reports 2000 micronodes had been installed across Australia before the fault could be fixed, meaning hundreds of thousands of residents were left in limbo while their neighbours were able to connect. Old copper phone lines and outdated technologies were to blame.
So we’d like to know where you have mobile blackspots and NBN issues across Newcastle and the Hunter?