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MEDIA RELEASE

 

SENATOR RON BOSWELL

LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY IN THE SENATE

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

 

BUSH CATCH UP ON INTERNET DATA SPEEDS

 

‘For the first time, rural and remote Australians will be able to access high speed internet access using satelli te downlink technology,’ said Senator Boswell, the Nationals’ Senate Leader, today.

 

‘While the 64 kbps ISDN service has been available on demand to 96% of Australians, the Federal Coalition has now moved to ensure equality of access for all Australians.

 

Senator Boswell said that this groundbreaking achievement for the bush was part of the package of measures negotiated by the Senate Nationals before the last election.

 

‘The  Universal Service Obligation will be amended in legislation to provide that the 4% not able to access the 64 kbps ISDN, will be able to access on demand a broadly comparable 64 kbps digital data service using satellite technology to provide the downlink from the Internet.’

 

‘The universal service levy arrangements will be modified so that the telecommunications industry will subsidise up to 50% of the price of purchasing the necessary satellite receiving equipment.’

 

Senator Boswell said that rough indications from the telecommunications industry show that the cost of equipment may range from around $1200 - $1500 for the small dish, modem and decoder equipment required.

 

‘This makes the cost of accessing a 64 kbps service generally comparable with the costs of the 64 kbps ISDN service to metropolitan users.’

 

Senator Boswell said that this initiative was recognition of the importance of equipping the bush with a world class telecommunications system.

 

‘It will be mainly used by businesses and other high volume users located more than 5 km from an exchange.’

 

‘The  National Party has worked hard to achieve this historic package of rural telecommunication reform, which includes providing local call internet access, untimed local calls, improved and expanded mobile phone coverage, subsidies for ‘self-help’ towns to access the second commercial television service and $70m for Rural Transaction Centres to restore services.

 

ENDS

 

 

 

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