Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Communications

Deputy Leader of the Nationals

New paper confirms NBN improves choice; reduces prices for regional Australians

10 July 2017

  • Bureau of Communication and Arts Research (BCAR) working paper released.  
  • Finds NBN is improving choice and reducing prices for regional Australians.  
  • Additional data allowances soon available for Sky Muster Satellite users; fixed wireless speeds to double.  

The Bureau of Communication and Arts Research (BCAR) has released a new working paper on the trends and drivers in the affordability of communications services in Australia, finding the rollout of the NBN is improving choice and reducing prices for regional Australians.

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has welcomed the BCAR's findings that home broadband services are now more affordable than ever.

'The nationwide rollout of the NBN means Australians can now access a greater choice of providers, products and service options,' Minister Nash said.

'For home broadband services, the rollout of the NBN is improving choice and reducing prices for regional consumers. This means quality services at a range of affordable price points.

'I am very pleased the BCAR's working paper has stated the NBN is making broadband more affordable for rural, regional and remote Australians and giving them greater choice of provider. Having affordable, reliable broadband can help drive jobs in rural, regional and remote Australia.

'The BCAR's finding show regional ADSL customers switching to fixed line and fixed wireless NBN services will be able to access a similar level of service at lower prices and have access to a wider choice of plans, based on currently advertised prices.

'When it comes to telecommunications—these truly are exciting times to be living and working in regional and remote Australia.

'Affordability is set to continue to improve with the Government's introduction of additional data for Sky Muster users from October this year, at no additional cost from NBN Co.

'Sky Muster users will soon be able to access 100 gigabytes of data at peak times per month. Under Labor, Sky Muster users were set to receive 35 gigabytes a month at peak times.

'The rollout of the NBN is now two thirds complete in regional Australia, offering 32,000 additional premises per week the ability to connect to the digital economy and conduct business, and access educational, medical and health services across the country.'

The BCAR is the Department of Communications and the Arts' economic and statistical research unit. It undertakes research and provides economic and data analysis on communications and arts portfolio issues to support evidence-based policy development and advice.

The BCAR working paper 'Trends and drivers in the affordability of communications services for Australian households' is available at: www.communications.gov.au/bcar.

ENDS

Media Contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@regional.gov.au.

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