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Chrissie Island Left Net-less

This Indian Ocean island – the former stopping-off point for boat people – is in the midst of what appears to be an Internet war.

Residents and businesses were cut off from Internet access last week and told it could be months before they could receive a replacement service from the NBN – presumably by NBN Co’s Sky Muster satellite service – which has been having its own problems.

The only person on the island still able to connect to the Web, according to a News Group report, was administrator Barry Haase, who had a personal cable-fed delivery operating as part of an emergency deal struck with contractor CIIA.

But at the weekend someone unknown went to Haase’s office with a cable cutter, and hacked through the cable.

“It appears to be a case of, if we can’t have Internet, neither can you,” said shire president Gordon Thomson, adding: “I think the Government needs to take seriously the level of anger over the handling of the NBN rollout.”

Message heard. What about it, Bill Morrow?

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