Barnaby Joyce is back in Canberra (with just one emergency trip to Brisbane to calm the Liberal-National Party folk up there) after seeing off the challenge in New England by former independent MP Tony Windsor. One of Windsor’s major campaign points was the NBN and internet access to those in the bush. BuzzFeed even asked locals to attempt to download a video to demonstrate just how unreliable connections in the area are. A tipster tells us that they live in the electorate and, right before the election, saw some NBN developments, which have now stalled:

“We were surprised and happy when ours and nearby neighbours orders to install the NBN Sky Muster satellite dish and modem came through a few days before the July 2 election … all being in the New England electorate we thought OK a lucky break could be influenced by Barnyard Joyce’s need to be re-elected. The installer said it would take 48 hrs to establish connection … well that was 3 weeks ago and its still not working we’ve all been without internet since then. Calls to our ISP have been numerous but it appears their hands are tied by having to refer to NBN who will not give out any information as to whats gone wrong or when it may be resolved … quite frustrating as lack of internet is affecting our business … we can only use our smart phone data connection … question is … is the NBN Sky Muster a turkey or were we jumped in the queue for political reasons when the NBN weren’t ready for us?”

Delays with the NBN — especially between NBN Co and retail service providers — are not unusual. But the timing is convenient.

Peter Fray

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