What’s your dodgy internet costing you?
Did you catch the story over the weekend about how Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert has charged taxpayers more than $2,000 a month for his home internet?
He blamed this expenditure on the unavailability of reliable, cheaper options; explaining that the high costs were a result of exceeding his data limit of 50Gb per month on a wireless 4G data plan and having to pay per gigabyte after that.
“As ADSL, ISDN and the NBN were all unavailable at the time of installation, a home wireless service was facilitated,” Mr Robert said. “This was the most stable, viable service available prior to NBN being installed.
“NBN was recently rolled out in the local area, enabling the provision of future services at significantly lower cost.”
If you’ve been waiting for the NBN to fix all your internet problems, as it seems our Assistant Treasurer has, you need to get real. With the ever-changing roll-out schedule it’s becoming clear that until the NBN is actually switched on in your area, you can’t rely on it happening anytime soon.
You may not have to wait for the NBN to get faster, better internet
Most businesses choose the best internet they think they can afford without accounting for the cost of slow internet.
Slow internet disrupts your work output, causes stress and frustration, and can even impact the kinds of decisions you make about how the business operates.
I recommend signing on for the fastest internet you can reasonably budget for. Just make sure you include your work output in your calculations.
I can agree with Robert’s assertion that having a dodgy internet connection was getting in the way of his work; but I’m not sure the Aussie taxpayer was getting over $2000 of productivity out of him each month.
How to get better internet
First things first; do your homework. Don’t assume that the plan you’re currently on is the best that’s available in your area. Plans and packages change all the time.
You may be able to upgrade your existing plan to include faster bandwidth access and greater download limits; or you could change the type of internet you’re using. Fixed wireless, ethernet over copper and fibre connections are all faster than ADSL.
When you have fast internet, your work day will fly. You’ll be able to listen to listen to music while you work, access the office from home, make use of the latest cloud apps, save big bucks on phone calls with VoIP, and share files instantly.
As for exactly how much you should spend (hint: not $2000 plus), and which internet provider or technology type you should go with; it really depends on the size of your workforce and the work that you do. If you’re pulling your hair out with slow internet and network disruptions and don’t know where to start on getting it sorted, just give us a call on 1300 723 857 to see if we can help you.
All the time you’ve wasted watching that little wheel spin is worth something!