OUTAGE MUST HAVE BEEN JUST A DREAM
How pathetic is our local media, and the regional ABC, that they could not, or would not comment on unfolding events, which in my case and many others here in Mossman occurred on December 17 on or about 4:14 pm.
I was downloading off the web, for an article I was composing at the time, which was my last download.
And so the internet disaster that crippled many in our FNQ tourism region, local businesses were losing thousands of dollars in lost trade. Many employees would most certainly have been sent home or lost hours.
So how many people spent hours trying to reconnect, reboot and fathom what the problem was?
How many spent precious dollars contacting Telstra’s net support – hosted off shore?
Heaven help them if they used a dissociated or non-Telstra mobile to do so. I have been caught out before doing that, but of course you cannot contact them otherwise can you when your Telstra based system is down.
I was up early on December 18 and listened to our ABC regional news and unless I am very mistaken there was no report or explanation as to what was happening.
So yes our Far North, Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman, the Daintree – the Gateway to the reef, Queensland’s major tourist destination and all their supporting businesses, so totally reliant on the internet, were they of such insignificance, not warrant an explanation of what was happening at the time, by our regional ABC?
We all know Auntie; they would break into a broadcast if there was dead whale washed up on the GBR, or another school yard massacre in the US, that is their warped priority.
I did post a comment on the Courier Mail in their news link
Then I logged onto the Courier Mail the next morning as I had online access. Not a mention of the Telstra outage here up North.
But “Great Barrier Reef Reef status in doubt” . . . UNESCO has summoned Australian officials to Paris for talks on a possible “in danger” listing of the Great Barrier Reef after an initial report revealed shortfalls on the Reef’s improvement.
So was it all a dream,
Graham Dunton, Shannonvale
Gifts delivered to the Neighbourhood Centre: From L-R: staffers Nicole Carnaby, Trish Jones (volunteer) and Megan Blacklow. Inset: John Morris and Barbara Wolveridge enjoying the charity evening at Choo Choos Cafe.