19.02.2013, von Hafizah Osman
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has confirmed Coalition plans to make Australians pay as much as $3000 if they wanted to connect to superfast broadband.
Conroy mentioned that in addition to the $3000 connection fee, the total cost of a broadband plan could be worth more than $15 billion to an Australian taxpayer.
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"I have seen estimates that if this approach was adopted in Australia, it could cost as much as $3000 to get connected. This fee for high-speed broadband is on top of the $15-plus billion cost to the Australian taxpayer of the Coalition's copper-to-the-home broadband plan," he said.
According to Conroy, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Malcolm Turnbull's latest move is to make Australians who want fibre connected direct to their homes and businesses pay for it themselves.
"Under the Coalition, fibre-to-the-home for most Australians would only be available if you could afford it. All Australians deserve access to Labor's fibre-to-the-home broadband, not just a lucky few," Conroy claimed.