If you were like me and thought the NBN was a sports channel on Foxtel… NBN actually stands for the Nations Business Network. NBN aims to enable access to fast, reliable and affordable phone and internet services. Now, to any households that struggles with slow internet connection, this NBN shin dig sounds awesome! Except, it may not even be available where you live. I know my household is unable to get NBN #sadface.
I live at home with my mum (who I interviewed a couple of weeks ago), my dad and my little sister. For a small family of four, you’d think a small internet data plan would suit us well, right? Nope, we have had to upgrade to unlimited data and install two WiFi modems in the house to cater for our daily dose of internet.
My household consists of 3 computers, 4 laptops, 2 iPads, 4 mobile phones and 1 subscription to Netflix (the most important part). Considering we have so many devices that use the internet at our house, now it seems acceptable that we (by we I mean mum and dad) pay a billion dollars a month for unlimited data. Even so, I still find the internet exceptionally slow… especially when I am trying to watch a TV series on Netflix, do Uni work, talk to my friends on Facebook and upload selfies on Instagram all at the same time…
So I decided to google a couple of things as to why Internet is so slow in my house, and you know what? It isn’t just my house… Its most of the households in Australia. Since Australia is one of the most highly developed countries in the world, you’d expect decent Internet services… BUT AUSTRALIA IS RANKED NUMBER 44?!??!?!? Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. But nevertheless, the Australian government is trying the NBN thing out… would help if if it was actually available in the majority of houses in Australia.
For my mother, the Internet plays a major role in her job, as she works from home a few days a week. Battles between the horrible internet connection and the WiFi constantly timing out is not very convenient for mum when she is trying to do online banking. My dad isn’t an avid internet user, but he set up a WiFi modem in the lounge room so he could connect it with the internet TV channel (which we don’t even watch), and this ended up cutting off the WiFi connection to the other end of the house, which is why he had to install an extension WiFi thingy in the middle of the house. My sister and I use the Internet lots. For talking to friends, Netflix and chill and also for doing uni and school work… mostly social media though. But the lack of fast internet connection doesn’t stop there! This extension WiFi sometimes decides it doesn’t want to reach my room… causing my laptop and phone to drop out of connection (this is why i go over my phone bill $200 every month).
Even though the internet can be very frustrating at times, it is certainly a very important aspect here in the Davies household. But until NBN arrives in my area, I guess we will have to put up with the internet connection we already have.