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Telecoms Outfit In Push for Low-Cost NBN Connections

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) – a body which is said to represent telecoms consumers – is pushing for the introduction of a cheap NBN broadband connection for low-income households.

The service would be priced at $30 a month for an unlimited 50 megabits per second (Mbps) connection. That compares with the cheapest current 50Mbps NBN plans currently starting at $59.90

A possible sticking point: under the plan, NBN Co would charge a wholesale price of $20 a month. The cheapest wholesale price now offered by NBN Co is $45, suggesting that NBN Co might not rush to introduce such a service.

ACCAN CEO Teresa Corbin, pictured, who is pushing the plan, claims the cheaper product would not be funded by an additional tax on taxpayers.

She claims it could be financed via offsets within the Federal Budget; and “the elimination of tax concessions to the Minister of Communications and the Arts and his department and others in the communications portfolio.”

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