Fibre to the Farmyard.
Naturally, I think it’s a common place belief that it isn’t coming to a farmyard at all, because Fibre is expensive to deploy, and is overkill for current and anticipated future requirements for farmers.
But, it is important to note that a recent survey by the ACMA found that 35% of the wheat, beef, lamb, wool, corn, milk, well, food producing farmers, are not satisfied with performance of mobile phone services.
25% of farmers were also unhappy with internet services, complaining of poor speeds. But they shouldn’t expect far much more, because as I mentioned in opening, they aren’t getting a fibre cable dropped into the barn anytime soon, it’s not viable, even for greedy Telstra.
Their metro high-fibre diet metro counterparts on the other hand have generally expressed that they are satisfied with their services, after 81% of the people contacted confirmed they were ‘generally satisfied’ with services. At least, according to this news article: http://news.theage.com.au/farmers-not-happy-with-phones-internet/20080228-1viv.html
Sorry, thanks for the wheat, milk, eggs, chicken, beef, and lamb, but a fast internet connection isn’t something you will be looking forward to this year. Try again next year after OPEL have their hands on some good dollars and a network built.
– Alternatively, if Japan’s test of a satelitte based communication service is successful, you might wanna contact them and get connected. Farmers don’t play games or use VoIP, so they should be pretty well right.
Won’t somebody please think of the
children farmer’s porn!?