Traffic, roads and rants
You know it’s really rare that I ever regret throwing in all my city life for my current home. And it’s rare that I have a vent here on my little black blog… but brace yourself peoples… I’m about to throw a little wobbly. (If you could have some chardy on chill for the both of us at the end of this post, I’d really appreciate it!)
So here’s the thing. I really don’t miss the city much. It’s true. I don’t miss the physical proximity to strangers, I don’t miss the roar of the traffic, the fumes of the highways and congested intersections. I don’t miss the mobile phone ringing constantly (the silver lining having no mobile phone coverage!).
I don’t even miss the local stores so much, or the handy location of my lovely Russian beautician, the never-runs-out water supply or even the regular garbage pickup (okay, I may be lying just a little about that last part. And maybe a touch about the bit before that. And okay, the bit before that has also been mourned slightly. So say my unwaxed legs.).
But I have to say, that one thing really I DO miss… and that is the knowledge that broadband internet is MY ABSOLUTE RIGHT as a voting Australian.
Let me explain. We have been bombarded with television advertising* over the past couple of weeks about how the super-fast superhighway of broadband (The National Broadband Network which will be ‘100 times faster that that which ‘average’ Aussies now get’) is being rolled out. Apparently this amazing initiative will give us the opportunities we all deserve. And ‘turbo charge our digital economy’. Wow. How exciting for the average Aussie: the 90% of people in this wonderful country who are considered important enough to be worthy of this improvement.
Let’s not worry too much about the ‘other 10%’ – the ten percent who live in the vast majority (acreage-wise) of our great nation. The bushies. Ouch.
(*This television marketing campaign is aimed, I suspect, not at me but is getting to me anyway because television in the bush is sent out mostly from the city. They shut down out local content versions of news a couple of years ago. Ouch again.)
Sadly, I am starkly aware that I am not an ‘average’ Aussie. Because of where I live. Because I live in whoop-whoop – and whoop-whoop for the uninitiated, is basically anwhere away from the heavily populated coast of the wide brown land. Here we can only get ‘satelite broadband’… an interesting term really. My Mother lives very close to town and gets ADSL broadband – and let me tell you, the satelite version and the ADSL version are two different creatures. Mine is okay some of the time, thanks to a little dish on my roof, as long as I stick to my download limits, as long as it’s not too cloudy, as long as its not raining. Speeds occasionally reach those advertised by providers. But not often. Often it’s almost the same as dial-up speeds. I kid you not.
I get whiplash when I visit Mum’s computer connection, it’s so fast. And this is the version that’s getting sped up by 100 times.
Now I don’t begrudge anyone getting better internet connection. More power to you city folks. Go leap on that super-smooth, super-fast highway … you’d be mad not to. I certainly would if I could!
Just don’t be telling me (I am talking to you, government spin doctors) that ALL of us have some kind of right to have it. We don’t. Cause when you choose to live away from the madding crowds, this is what our virtual road to the internet looks like…
I wonder if anyone is coming along with a grader for us anytime soon? Apparently there is discussion about a grader planned. But somehow (if past experience with government consultation is anything to go by – and let’s not forget I was once a bureaucrat too – I have insider experience in these processes) I doubt that the ‘grader’ will be making it out of the shed to smooth the red dirt road within the next decade. Call me cynical. Call me cranky. Call me when that chardy is ready!
I console myself with the knowledge that not too many with supersonic web access get views like this in the morning…
Okay, my out-of-character rant is just about over… but before you go, I need to know:
How ’bout you?
What’s your internet connection speed like? Is it fabulous? Does it drive you wild?
And how close are you to the nearest town/city?