How connectivity is improving lives
A SOUTH Burnett business owner has said without the National Broadband Network his business would be non-existent.
Peter Seiler owns the Dark Creek Oasis service station, located on the Wondai-Chinchilla Rd, about halfway between Durong and Jandowae.
Mr Seiler said the business was connected to the Skymuster satellite just after it became operational.
"This little business relies on the internet and emails, I do hundred of emails a month and without that access we would not exist,” he said. "We order stock over the internet, I do around about 100 orders a month.”
Mr Seiler said he had been connected to satellite internet for a number of years, but moved over the NBN's Skymuster when it was switched on.
"It's been a lot faster since the upgrade,” he said.
"It saves time and we get more done.
"We've had a good experience, there hasn't been a drama.”
The Bureau of Communication and Arts Research has recently found the roll-out of the NBN has improved choice and reduced prices for regional Australians.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud said Sky Muster users would soon be able to access 100 gigabytes of data at peak times per month.
"Distance education kids can now get a proper education, mum and dad don't have to move to educate their kids,” Mr Littleproud said.
"People will be able to do business, they'll be able to put in their NILS tags, they'll be able to trade commodities from the sanctuary of their home without having to go to town to get a connection.
"It really does change peoples lives.”