TelSoc says its concern initially emanated from the Government’s announcement that medical and mental health staff can bulk-bill sessions conducted over video conferencing services like FaceTime, Skype and the like.
Telsoc says universities, schools and businesses are starting to close down their physical operations and rely instead on people accessing the Internet from home.
“As if the failures in our telecommunications infrastructure were not bad enough during the bushfires, Too many NBN customers experience very poor connectivity due to many reasons including outdated technologies”, said TelSoc President Professor Reg Coutts.
And TelSoc vice president Laurie Patton says he believes the NBN’s “weaknesses” will become more evident as more people need to use the Internet.
”Telstra has ordered its staff to work from home. Schools and universities are about to close campuses and deliver lectures online. Doctors can now bulk-bill for consultations done over Skype, etc. That’s a lot of people all wanting Internet access”.
As reported by iTWire, TelSoc recently told a Parliamentary NBN committee the country needs bipartisan agreement on a plan to fix the NBN.