Frontier Internet is down, up and streaming at home
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Frontier Internet has announced it will be shutting down the company’s internet service in Queensland and Tasmania for several months.
Key points:Fifty per cent of people in the state are in poverty and the company says it has a duty to helpThe company says a loss of access to the internet could result in an increase in homelessnessThe company has also warned of the negative impact of internet congestion and a lack of broadband.
On Wednesday Frontier said it would shut down services in Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria for three months starting on November 19.
“As a result of the closure of Frontier Internet, we have decided to phase out all of our network services in the following states and territories: Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia,” the company said in a statement.
“The impact of this decision is that we have reduced our workforce by 50 per cent in these states and in Western Australia by around one third.”
Fifty-five per cent Of Queenslanders In Poverty, Frontier saysIt says the impact of the shutdown will be a loss in income of more than $300,000 a year.
“This is because we will be reducing our services to customers who have the resources to buy internet and will be taking away a huge amount of value from them,” Frontier said.
“If we can help them afford to do so, we will continue to do that but at this time we have a duty as a provider of internet access to assist them in this transition.”
On the other side of the world, the Wollongong company Wollondi, which also runs a public broadband network, says it is also working on a similar transition.
The company said it had already started to roll out internet in several areas of the state.
“We are in the process of assessing whether we need to make changes to our existing network infrastructure and will also be making the necessary changes to ensure the network is able to meet the needs of our customers,” it said.
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Frontier Internet has announced it will be shutting down the company’s internet service in Queensland and Tasmania for several months.Key…