Sorry for the gripe, but dear it's frustrating. In the new house I am on Optus DSL broadband with a claimed high bandwidth. It's just not true! Even radio streaming breaks up from time to time, and I cannot listen/view video material.
I really don't care what Messrs Turnbull and Abbott say. If I were in Armidale I would have access to decent NBN broadband, if at a price. Here the only solution appears to be to pay for a pay tv connection, that will get cable into the place if at a significant price, and then add phone/internet.
Comment from Gordon Smith:
Being a rural type I'm constrained to using Telstra NextG for my household internet connection (and it can be as congested as anything else).
A couple of people that work with me have 100/40 Mbit/s NBN connections and, using SpeedTest.net, record nearly 100 MBit/s downstream.
One of them consumed his entire month's *terabyte* download quota in six days.
As a matter of curiosity, I ran a SpeedTest check on this connection - officially 100mbps. It recorded 7 mbps download, 0.69 mbps upload!