FAST: New Zealand, is arguably better at rugby and now it's completely thrashing us at broadband speeds.
FAST: New Zealand, is arguably better at rugby and now it's completely thrashing us at broadband speeds. Tobi Loftus

Brain drain could be result of NBN fiasco

OUR smaller cousin, New Zealand, is arguably better at rugby and now it's completely thrashing us at broadband speeds.

With NZ's equivalent of the NBN project built by Chorus, households have the option of gigabit internet speeds with fibre-to-the-home nationwide.

It's almost as if we've lost steam and given up competing with our smaller neighbour.

Heck, I don't even care who invented the pavlova any more, I just want the NBN fixed.

When it comes to broadband speeds, we are at risk of reversing much of our advantage in some of our largest industries and especially small businesses and people working from home.

All these industries heavily rely on the use of the internet and require downloading and uploading very large amounts of data each day.

It's a serious competitive disadvantage when you need to send large amounts of project data to a client and it takes hours instead of minutes. It won't be long before brain-drain becomes a very real problem.

In fact, it's already starting to happen.

Highly-skilled people and entrepreneurs will move overseas where their business operates better with competitive high-speed internet.

This is so much more than being able to watch Netflix on a $4000 television. It should be about building a future-proof internet backbone for 21st century businesses and consumers.

To make it worse, there have been many lies made by the NBN (and LNP) to try to save face instead of fixing the problem.

It's not working, the people of Australia can see right through the smoke screen and are starting to become justifiably outraged.

JOHNATHAN EMMS

Sadliers Crossing