Frustration is mounting in the Fairfax electorate on the availability of broadband internet services with many residents and businesses growing weary of their slow and unreliable data connections.
Despite recent assertions from Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Wide Bay, the Hon Warren Truss, that “The Coalition Government is cleaning up Labor’s NBN mess to give ISS subscribers a better broadband experience”, feedback from Fairfax locals suggests otherwise.
So much so that Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer says the broadband problem is fast becoming the dominant issue for constituents who correspond with his electoral office in Maroochydore.
“Every single day we hear from people complaining about their low quality or unreliable broadband internet service, or its unavailability,” Mr Palmer said.
“The current government needs to stop blaming the former government and just get on with the job of providing the internet connection speeds essential for this day and age.
“This issue is having a negative impact on businesses in the region and will ultimately affect prosperity.
“One prominent local businessman, who is suffering his own broadband problems, tells us he is aware of several businesses who are re-evaluating expansion plans due to the lack of available broadband connections.
“How can we attract investment to the Sunshine Coast when one of the key tools of modern business communication is still in the dark ages?” Mr Palmer said.
Mr Palmer added that a number of representations on the issue have been made to the Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull.