Survey finds 80% of Australians want better broadband coverage

More than 80 per cent of Australians support a national broadband network, a survey has found.

The National Broadband Network is set to deliver faster internet speeds to homes and businesses, with the government seeking to attract the majority of internet users by 2025.

But the National Broadbands Network Co-ordinator, Professor John Gough, said most Australians were against a national fibre-to-the-node network.

“We know that Australians are really not keen on a national network.

It’s very hard to get people to want a fibre-connected network,” he said.”

A lot of people are worried about what it will mean for their ability to buy their own home broadband, but that’s probably going to be about 50 per cent to 60 per cent.”

Professor Gough said the NBN was “not going to create a big change in the way Australians do business” and he was worried the “future of the NBN will be decided by how it’s used”.

The poll of 1,500 people, conducted by Ipsos from January 15-20, found 77 per cent supported a national NBN network, with support ranging from 80 per-cent to 95 per- cent.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) opposed the plan, while a further 23 per cent were unsure.

Professor Grough said the survey indicated “the majority of Australians are not keen to see a nationalised network” but “the bulk of people support a fibre to the node network”.

“A national fibre to network would give NBN Co the resources to build fibre to every premises in Australia and it would allow NBN Co to connect to fibre-optic networks across the country,” he added.

Topics:internet-technology,broadband,government-and-politics,government,australiaFirst posted January 20, 2021 12:39:24Contact Sarah RansomMore stories from Australia

How to find out how much you should spend on your health care

There are a lot of questions about health care, but one question that’s often asked is, “Do I really need the health care that I get?”

According to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, that question is far from an accurate indicator of how much health care is worth.

A lot of people think that health care should be free.

When it comes to the cost of medical care, people don’t necessarily need to be paying.

They just need to understand that it’s important to understand what the costs of care are and how much they should be paid.

The Kaiser survey also asked people how much money they would give to pay for health care if they could pay for it.

The majority of people responded that they would spend more than they earn if they had to pay, and many of those people would actually have to spend a lot more money if they were to get better care.

People also tended to have a lot to say about how they would pay for the care they get.

People were divided on whether they would want to pay more or less than what they earn, with the majority saying they would like to pay less.

The most common response was that they thought it was important to pay as much as they could afford, with one in four saying they wanted to pay just a little less than that.

In some cases, people said they thought people should be able to make decisions about their health care spending based on what they are worth.

For example, in one of the more extreme cases of this, one person in five said they would be willing to pay $5,000 less than they currently earn if it meant they could get better health care.

For a lot other people, like those who didn’t want to spend more, the answer was a little more nuanced.

People in their 30s, 40s and 50s were the most likely to think it was acceptable for them to spend less than their income, with half of them saying they were willing to give up a bit more than that to get more care.

Overall, the survey found that health-care spending has not risen significantly in recent years.

Instead, it has stayed roughly flat, and the number of Americans who say they would actually give up money for health coverage has stayed about the same.