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Friday, 22 July 2011 11:54

NBN pricing is a sad, sad joke: thanks, Sen Conroy


With NBN pricing 'starting' at $60, the NBN scandal has been blown wide open with disastrous Transact-like pricing that makes me sick to my stomach.

Senator Stephen Conroy is a man who will long be remembered for destroying the affordability of Australia's Internet services, rather than the Messiah of the Mediums that our erstwhile Communications Minister aspires to be.

The latest pricing coming out showing the NBN will have a 'starting' price of $60 is a joke, an absolute disgrace and a monumental rip-off.

Why? Well, we only need to look at TPG's unlimited plan, offering unlimited data for $59.95 per month, as fast as your ADSL2+ line can go, inclusive of $30 of line rental.

I just signed my parents up to this plan, their line speed is just shy of 10Mbps, and they have unlimited Internet.

Transact in the ACT wants $40 per month to enable a 2Mbps fibre connection, and you need to pay at least $40 on top of that for a bit of actual bandwidth - and that's the cheap plan. 

This need to pay two companies is frankly obscene, as is Transact's pricing, and now that the NBN's pricing has been unveiled, it is even worse.

Why Australians choose to believe stark raving mad socialists whose only plan is to make all Australians share equally in socialist misery is beyond me, but these Australians have the misery of much bigger Internet bills on the way as their reward.

When I can get an unlimited service for less than $100, and as it turns out, less than $60, what kind of deal is the NBN with LESS DATA for MORE MONEY, at NO GUARANTEE of any faster speed, especially if I'm on a lowly $60 NBN plan?

It's a joke. A stinking, rotten, socialist joke. Thank you, Senator Conroy. Bring on the next election.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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