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NBN Rivals To Be Levied: Turnbull

NBN Rivals To Be Levied: Turnbull

He told the Australian Financial Review he is not against the principle of private companies competing with the NBN, but they will have to pay a share of the cross-subsidy for building wireless services in rural areas.

“In the interests of transparency, what we’re proposing is that there should be a portion of the NBN wholesale charge which is clearly identified as the subsidy amount . so they too are sharing in that social cost of providing broadband to the bush,” he said.

The levy plan follows the earlier announcement that would-be cherry-pickers such as TPG Telecom would have to fully separate their retail and wholesale operations and offer wholesale access to other phone companies.

That saw TPG drop – at least temporarily – its plan to offer fibre-to-the-basement services to major apartment and office blocks in leading cities.