GrainGrowers chief executive Alicia Garden says a series of forums hosted by her organisation will answer questions surrounding new satellite internet services available in rural Australia.
WITH rural telecommunications firmly in the spotlight at present, farmer representative group GrainGrowers (GGL) is hosting a series of forums across the east coast to allow rural residents to find out more about their internet and mobile phone options.
GGL is co-hosting the forums together with the National Broadband Network (NBN) ahead of the launch of the NBN Sky Muster satellite.
The satellite service is being billed by NBN as the answer to rural Australia’s internet needs, with the provider saying it will provide services equal to those available in metropolitan regions.
“The meetings are an opportunity for regional communities to find out more about the capabilities of the satellite network and also the regional fixed wireless service,” GrainGrowers chief executive Alicia Garden said.
Ms Garden said along with how to connect, farm businesses could learn more about the best way to optimise their connectivity and understand their business’ and family’s data requirements.
GrainGrowers chairman John Eastburn said his organisation recognised the critical role telecommunications would play in farm businesses into the future.
“Our members have consistently identified improved telecommunications as one of their biggest priorities, and it is an issue than influences the rural community as a whole, which is why we have decided to get involved with these forums,” he said.
Mr Eastburn said he hoped the new satellite service would have a positive impact on network access, because at present, he said farmers were being left out.
“There are all the figures you see about 95pc or more people have reliable phone service or access to reasonable speed internet, but the fact is there are vast parts of the nation where the service isn’t up to scratch and people there aren’t getting the benefits of the improved technology available for their businesses.
“We are seeing all these apps and technologies that can have real benefit to farm businesses, but they don’t work if you don’t have the telecommunications systems to drive them.”
Ms Garden agreed, saying grain farmers, like most other business operators, were dependent on reliable internet.
She said grain growers were increasingly drawing on cloud-based decision tools, remote farm monitoring and machinery automation – all of which require connectivity.
“Digital technology represents the new frontier of productivity gains for farming businesses and having access to fast, reliable broadband is essential to allow access to these opportunities,” Ms Garden said.
In the lead up to the meetings GrainGrowers is asking growers to submit questions about internet services for their farm and their community.
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