Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Australian Broadband Guarantee Cutback

Senator Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has announced that the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) will be cancelled in in areas with Telstra NextG wireless broadband coverage (using a 3G UMTS mobile network). This will remove the subsidy from about 99% of the population.

The Minister seems to be in two minds on how much broadband is enough. On the one hand the government is talking up the benefits of a 100 Mbps fibre optic cable National Broadband Network and on the other hand saying 1 Mbps (with 256 kbps upload) is good enough under the ABG.Link

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