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Farm households thriving with nbn connection

Julia Hausler with her friends Kate and Rebecca in Warracknabeal in the Wimmera region of Victoria sat down over a cup of tea to discuss how the nbn network has changed their lives on-farm for the better.

Julia and her husband have been farming for almost 20 years and rely on strong connectivity to for both their farm and their home.

“My husband uses GPS autosteer and we run farm data programs to track our progress and communicate with our agronomist.

“We are able to run a lot of programs all at once like various maps, accounting software, downloading large documents, tracking stock in real time and making trade deals in real time.

“We were connected to the nbn in October 2015. The minute it was available I was onto it. It has made such a difference to our lives,” she said.

Kate runs her own advertising agency that specialises in rural customers in the town Warracknabeal.

“Because we are regionally based good connectivity is essential to communicate with our clients nationally and internationally and when dealing with large artwork files.

“I’ve found the nbn network to be fantastic. I find that I’m paying less and I’m getting equal, if not better, access to the internet,” she said.

Rebecca does all of the bookwork for her and her husband’s cereal cropping business.

“I rely on the internet to pay the bills and to do all of the accounting. Having reliable internet access has saved me a lot of time which means I can spend more time at home with my two kids.

“Before we had reliable internet I would have to go to the bus station and screen shot all of our transactions so that when I went home I would work off the screenshots on my phone to key in all of the data. It was so frustrating.

“Now every time I turn the computer on, it works. I wouldn’t know what I would do without it now,” she said.

What is Sky Muster?

The Sky Muster™ satellite service delivers the nbn™ broadband access network to homes and businesses in regional and remote Australia, via two state-of-the-art satellites. So, people across mainland Australia and Tasmania, and remote islands such as Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands can now enjoy nbn™ powered plans through Sky Muster™ satellite providers.

As well as the roof satellite dish installed on the home or business, Sky Muster™ satellite connections also require an nbn™ supplied modem to be installed at the point where the cable from the satellite dish enters the premises. This device requires power to operate, and can only be installed by an approved nbn™ installer or provider.

Find out more here.

Production of this case study was made possible using funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Small Business Digital Champions project.

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