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ACCC To Monitor Oz Broadband

The ACCC has announced that it’ll be working with the Federal Government to launch a new broadband monitoring program with the goal of providing a more accurate picture of local internet speeds.

The program, set to launch in May, will involve the remote testing of around 4,000 households to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services at various times.

“This program will see the ACCC test and report on the typical speed and performance of broadband plans provided over the NBN. This information will assist consumers in comparing and shopping around, and checking that they receive what they are paying for,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

They expect the program to yield insights sometime in the second half of 2017.

Sims argues that the program will allow the regulator to determine if issues with the NBN are being caused by the performance of the network itself or by internet service providers failing to acquire sufficient capacity.

“As consumers drive the demand for high-data speeds and data-intensive services, they need access to accurate information to assist them in choosing plans. This improved transparency will help these consumers exercise choice as next generation services are rolled out, including on the NBN,” Sims said.

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