Message from the coalface – NBN pricing

This is a message I received following my article in which I argue that the NBN pricing is widening the equality gap in relation to access to the NBN and thus also to the digital economy and digital society. When going back to the start of the NBN, now close to 15 years ago, the reason for the NBN was to provide all Australian with first class, affordable access to the economic and social benefits that a high-speed broadband service would deliver.

Hi Paul,

Having just read your article (Australian Independent) regarding the NBN and the inequality gap it is creating, I concur completely.

I myself am unemployed and rely on C’Link Newstart payments as my sole income. I have a mortgage and bills like everyone else.

I started looking at what the NBN had to offer recently and I will be forced to pay another $20 a month (from $60-$80) if I want to keep the level of internet I have at the moment …, and even then there’s no guarantees.

This is something I simply cannot afford and when push comes to shove, I will seriously have to consider other options (if indeed there are any) or getting rid of it altogether.

Your article was a great read and puts into context exactly what is happening right around Australia. We, the underdogs can’t seem to get a break in society.

Why should we have to accept an inferior quality product just because we are on the bottom rung of the ladder.

We seem to get downtrodden at every turn in the hope that we will just disappear and become extinct …, and we all know that’s not going to happen!

Thank you for being a voice for all of us that don’t have one.



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