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Graham Mathews, Possum Creek

The Luddites are back. I read, with a distinct lack of enthusiasm, comments attributed to Richard, Trip A Deal CEO, who points out that ‘our internet already works fine here…’ (14 October). Hardly surprising since, as I understand it, his organisation has a dedicated fibre optic connection via which they remain in contact with the rest of the universe!

Less fortunate is my business activity and those of many others in the Shire who live with a motley mix of Telstra 4G, NBN wireless, and string-and-can connections, etc and, in my case, a long copper wire connecting me from a hill above Possum Creek to the world outside.

Without reprising remarks made in my previous letter to you, this pandemic (yes it’s not just a few extra people catching flu this year), this prompted a sudden and mass shifting of business activity to home office operation and, at the same time, cloud-based IT activity, and has resulted in a huge extra volume of traffic which the present systems were clearly not prepared for.

It’s also worth reminding the passionate opponents of the 5G rollout that the area we are currently discussing is an INDUSTRIAL Estate – not a residential/commercial precinct. Our developing livelihood as a growing, vibrant, centre of IT and commercial activity (much of which has been priced out of the Byron CBD by exorbitant rents) is potentially threatened by a lack of the sort of connectivity the Telstra expansion offers.

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