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Bush consumers set to receive 100 per cent more peak data
The Rural Regional and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) has welcomed today’s announcement that allowances for both peak and off-peak data will be doubled for NBN Sky Muster satellite users.
This brings peak data allowance to 150 gigabytes a month, with off-peak allowance also at 150 gigabytes a month. NBN has not increased wholesale charges, so is not charging retailers extra for this additional data allowance.
"We're so pleased to be delivering more data to Sky Muster users. This is great news for our local communities and rural Sky Muster consumers all over Australia." Senator Nash, Minister for Regional Development, said.
"For the first time, we expect customers to be able to purchase plans of more than 100 gigabytes a month of peak data. This increase in data is a great first step and there's more on the way, including plans created for businesses."
nbn's Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow, said today "We have listened to feedback from rural industry groups and the community and are confident that this announcement is a step in the right direction to improve their internet experience."
This is great news for our local communities and rural Sky Muster consumers all over Australia.
Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash
“To date, bush consumers have felt frustrated by the limited data allowances and the strict fair-usage policy of Sky Muster.
"Many tasks, such as video conferencing and accessing large files including medical records and information, have been challenging under the existing allowances.
As a Coalition we have been working tirelessly to bring attention to issues such as the current data limitations...
Fiona Simson, President, National Farmers' Federation
"Hopefully, with these changes we will see the potential of the Sky Muster network become a reality," Mr Butt said.
The Rural, Regional and Remote Communications Coalition has also welcomed the move, which follows the issue being highlighted in that group's campaign to end the data drought.
“The RRRCC commends the National Broadband Network and the Government for listening to the frustrations of our members and acting to address their concerns,” National Farmers' Federation President Fiona Simson said.
“As a Coalition we have been working tirelessly to bring attention to issues such as the current data limitations, and we are pleased our concerns have been taken on board.
"It is our understanding that the increase in data is unlikely to see a rise in the wholesale pricing of Sky Muster satellite services.
“In light of this, we will be paying close attention to retail plans after 1 October and call on retail service providers to not increase their charges when the new allowances come into effect," Ms Simson said.