Editorial - Wednesday, June 26: NBN rollout brings revolution

GIVEN how much the nature of work has changed recently, the looming revolution in how and where we work should not come as a surprise.

We've gone from being a workforce dominated by white men who generally stayed with the one employer for the length of their career to one that is increasingly casualised and equally accessible to women and a myriad of minority groups.

We've gone from workers making a living out of building, making and growing to a new generation employed in service, retail and hospitality sectors.

Be in no doubt the arrival of cheap fast broadband via the NBN will herald the next wave of workforce change locally.

Just as it will enable more people to operate businesses from home it will also allow them to work for bosses and companies far and wide and to be paid city and not country rates for their skills. In computer-based professions, where you live will not limit your career possibilities. We should be forever thankful for the early NBN rollout. Coffs' advantage will only grow if the Coalition takes power and sticks to its antiquated copper network for the rest of the country.

- Graeme Singleton, Editor



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