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Outback internet service finally switched on

A high-speed internet service built by graziers in north Queensland has finally been switched on after a minor hold-up.

Unsatisfied with their internet service, the Harrington family from Olga Downs Station, about 50 kilometres north of Richmond, between Mount Isa and Townsville decided to build their own wireless link.

William Harrington, from Olga Downs, said it was exciting to have the service up and running after some minor hold-ups.

"We're now finally able to offer internet connectivity to the people in Richmond and the businesses in Richmond that's better than most towns in Australia," Mr Harrington said.

He said telecommunication problems were an ongoing issue for people living in the bush.

"For us to be able to get [internet] on our station we had to build a 50 kilometre wireless link and that was a totally separate process that took six months," he said.

"Most cattle stations are million-dollar-enterprises now and they're trying to run them with poor internet."


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