Remote community to enter web
The leader of a remote community has hailed access to reliable internet as a “best-of-both-worlds” approach for life in the bush as the Federal Government’s Sky Muster satellite gears up for operation.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said those living in remote areas had only weeks to wait before being able to access the National Broadband Network. “The satellite service that will deliver a 25mbps down, 5mbps up service will begin commercial operations in May,” he said.
“So what that’s going to ensure is that remote communities like (Ngurrawaana), or anywhere in Australia, will have very good internet.”
Ngurrawaana Community, near Millstream-Chichester National Park, is one such place which hopes to benefit from the technology.
Until now, they have had no mobile phone reception and only one computer connected to the internet in the school.
Ngurrawaana chairman Ricky Smith said reliable internet would enable the community to access the outside world, and give outsiders a glimpse into their own lives.
“The kids you know ... they will have both worlds out there — they got internet and they got the cultural environment, too,” he said.
“At this stage, we just out in the sticks there, no one knows where we are but now they hear about us and we contact the outside world.
“It can help in lots of ways, you know.
“At this stage, when we are starting our tourism business and things like that, we can get in contact with the outside world and run our things through a computer.”
Mr Smith said the younger people in the community were already computer literate and would be able to teach the older members with ease.
Mr Smith said better internet would improve education services to the community as well.