Si­lence on lack of sig­nal for farm­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

DURONG cat­tle and grain farmer Fran­cis Coe is frus­trated that he has ac­cess to com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy but no sig­nal.

His mo­bile phone and tablet are next to use­less be­cause of poor sig­nal.

“You live with what you’ve got, but when you’ve got the tech­nol­ogy that you can’t use, it’s just frus­trat­ing,” Mr Coe said.

At 75 he has leapt aboard mo­bile tech­nol­ogy and on­line business but has been forced to use slow and ir­reg­u­lar meth­ods through satel­lite in­ter­net to use the on­line agribusi­ness tools.

“We’re con­stantly on it (the in­ter­net), com­mu­ni­cat­ing with peo­ple and bank­ing is a big thing,” Mr Coe said.

While Mr Coe does have on­line ac­cess, it isn’t al­ways re­li­able and is slow.

Mo­bile phone cov­er­age would give Mr Coe ac­cess to mo­bile broad­band.

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