Thoroughly disappointed

Like Bruce McGregor and the residents of Pipers Creek ('Digital poverty', Opinions, April 11), many of the residents of Spring Hill and Denver are also thoroughly disappointed with the NBN.

The lucky residents in the higher areas of Spring Hill have been able to connect to 25 mbps wireless broadband from the nearest NBN tower at Drummond South.

So barely one kilometre from my house, NBN fixed wireless is readily available.

Behind hills and in the valleys, however, the rest of us are still stuck with a heavily congested ADSL1 service from the Tylden exchange that Telstra refuses to upgrade and barely registers 1 mbps, or the prospect of the SkyMuster satellite with its significantly higher charges, poor latency and a limited data allowance that is hardly enough for the media and business uses that most broadband-connected citizens now take for granted.

The irony is that sometime this year, under the government-funded Black Spot program, Telstra will be installing a mobile phone tower, a couple of kilometres away, on top of Kangaroo Hill at Denver. This is the very hill that is blocking the signal to so many houses in Spring Hill and Denver from the NBN tower at Drummond.

Were there co-operation regarding co-location between Telstra and the NBN on Kangaroo Hill, dozens more properties in Spring Hill, Denver and nearby areas would have had NBN wireless available.

I am not holding my breath, because it seems these organisations never talk to each other about sharing facilities, and the NBN has apparently completed building wireless infrastructure in this area.


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