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National broadband network builder NBN Co has killed off plans to offer a 100/40Mbps fixed-wireless service, with chief executive Bill Morrow confirming the decision at a Senate Estimates committee hearing.

There are widespread media reports this morning, including  by the ABC, that Morrow told the committee  yesterday “we killed it”, basing the decision on economic grounds.

According to the ABC report, Morrow said consistently achieving 100Mbps would cost "billions and billions of dollars" — a taxpayer spend he described as "outrageous".

"The economics … [start] to actually break apart to a point where it doesn't make any sense," Morrow is reported to have said.

The decision to drop the fixed wireless services will negatively affect regional Australia where fixed wireless uses mobile phone technology to deliver broadband.

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Morrow is reported to have defended the backflip, commenting that "there's not mass-market demand for 100 [Mbps] services".

He told the Senate Estimates that more than 230,000 households were currently NBN fixed wireless customers and the cost to date of rolling out towers was $2 billion.

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