In light of reports on NBN’s poor performance, NSW Farmers has called on the federal government to step in and stop the sale of NBN Sky Muster satellite bandwidth to Qantas.
NSW Farmers’ president Derek Schoen said, ‘Selling satellite capacity to Qantas is a slap in the face to farmers who can’t even get a reliable signal.
‘It tells regional Australians loud and clear that they don’t matter, that they are nothing more than an inconvenience.
‘These satellites are supposed to end the digital divide between rural and urban Australia. Instead, we are just seeing it entrenched.
‘Watching cat videos while you are flying doesn’t add to the productivity of the Australian economy.
‘Making sure that regional Australians have sufficient internet speed to run their businesses does.’
NSW Farmers believes that the federal government needs to do more to ensure that regional Australians have access to reliable internet services.
‘The court of public opinion is the only accountability that NBN faces,’ Mr Schoen said.
‘Unfortunately outrage doesn’t deliver you a reliable internet service.
‘The issues that have surfaced are yet another example of why we need a new universal service obligation that guarantees minimum standards for voice and data services.’