Referring to concerns about a Point Topic data second quarter 2019 report compiled by the Parliamentary Library, Rowland said this concerning development follows “scathing assessments” by Infrastructure Australia and the ACCC Chairman about the multi-technology mix and its entry level pricing.
Rowland says that in August an Infrastructure Australia audit observed that “the technology mix for the NBN has diversified, meaning different users will receive different types of connections. This change will deliver varied outcomes for users, and some may shoulder higher costs or receive lower-quality services.”
She also cites a speech in May by the ACCC chairman that “Under the new pricing, the cost of accessing the NBN to supply a 12 megabit service has increased substantially and is now, amazingly, close to the cost to supply a 50 megabit service, with this gap likely to narrow further."
“An example of this is the $200 million NBNCo expects to incur on NBN maintenance capital in FY22. This amounts to nearly $8.30 per month for every active HFC user.”
Rowland says that given the concerns of the ACCC, consumer groups, and this recent Point Topic data, “ensuring entry-level broadband prices are affordable should be a priority”.
“It’s time the Government stopped playing the role of a disingenuous bystander that is conveniently uninterested in the problems they have created, and instead demonstrated some leadership in addressing these challenges,” Rowland concluded.
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