The in­ter­net’s miss­ing con­nec­tion to the town

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Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au THE sound of dial-up in­ter­net tone has a funny nos­tal­gia to go with it.

It’s funny to think about wait­ing min­utes for web pages to load or hav­ing to be care­ful not to send too many pic­tures in an email or it will take way too long.

We’ve def­i­nitely come a long way since the days of dial-up. It’s fair to say high speed in­ter­net has trans­formed from a lux­ury into a ne­ces­sity.

Lap­tops are now on many school’s book-lists, mo­bile phones are no longer just for calls and “just Google it” is a com­monly used phrase.

It is shock­ing to hear sto­ries like Cass Kim­min’s (page 4) who, de­spite the ne­ces­sity of hav­ing in­ter­net, sim­ply can’t get on­line.

The only op­tion for peo­ple like Cass is mo­bile data which is ex­pen­sive and very poor value for money.

Many ISP’s of­fer un­lim­ited ADSL for around the $70 mark, so to be told you can have 100GB of mo­bile data for $100 is a tough pill to swal­low.

We did pose Tel­stra with the ques­tion as to why there were not enough ports at the ex­change to start off with and they have told us it was to do with sup­ply and de­mand.

How­ever Stan­thorpe’s pop­u­la­tion has not grown that dras­ti­cally in the past few years.

It seems like a case of poor plan­ning on Tel­stra’s part.

Here’s hop­ing NBN will be a smooth tran­si­tion and will solve th­ese prob­lems.

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