Farmers say rural telecoms package is inadequate

23 Aug 2005

Australia’s farmers have complained that the federal government’s proposed AUD3 billion rescue package for telecoms services in the rural bush regions of the country is ‘totally inadequate’. The New South Wales (NSW) Farmers Association criticised the government’s attempts to deliver quality telecoms services to all Australians ahead of the Telstra sale, with the group’s president Jock Laurie claiming that 63% of NSW farmers had unreliable phone connections and 60% were dissatisfied with the speed of their internet service. Laurie said that an estimated USD600 million was needed to fix Telstra’s copper network in NSW alone.

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong)