Local, Independant and Effective
November 29, 2016
Contact: Jane Still

Government should act now to improve NBN for Indi

The government should act now to improve access to nbn™ for Indi and all rural and regional Australians, according to Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.

In a Notice of Motion before the Parliament Ms McGowan urged the government to review the nbnTM Fair Use Policy and implement recommendations of the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review.

“Recent stories about lack of access to adequate data and download speeds under the SkyMuster satellite service are not news,” Ms McGowan said.

“The off-peak period in the nbn™ Fair Use Policy needs to revert to more reasonable time periods to accommodate families, home-based businesses and rural life.

“Many people in Indi have expressed concern for some time about affordability and value as they pay twice what their metro counterparts are paying for a limited satellite service. Lack of access to the full potential of nbn™ is causing people real hardship.

Ms McGowan said there were concrete actions the government could take to ease the situation for rural and regional users of nbn™.

“I call on the government to implement the recommendations of the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review, and maximise the amount of data available under the satellite service,” she said.

“The current situation is another example of the needs of rural and regional Australia not being taken into account at the beginning of policy development.”

Ms McGowan’s speech about the NBN can be viewed here


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