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Thirst for broadband boosts rise of mini telcos

David Ramli (via AFR) | July 9, 2013
Nuskope co-founder Michael Blake now runs a successful internet service provider connecting regional communities with high-speed broadband.

But by walking the streets door-to-door and using popular internet forums like Whirlpool to answer tech-support queries, his business continues to grow in spite of a lack of advertising.

"The NBN has really taken off and the shop is ticking away till the lease expires in 2015," he says. "It's already more profitable than the DVD business and we're bringing on another staff member."

However, for Nuskope's Blake it is the NBN's much-delayed rollout that has proven to be a boon for his business.

"I've got mixed views because I moved [to Willunga] for the NBN," he says. "But our main business plan is to build in areas we know the NBN isn't going for at least five years.

"If I was solely dependent on the NBN I'd be frustrated but because I'm a wireless provider I couldn't be happier and the slower it rolls out the better it is for me."


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