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Wholesale data increase must transfer to retail data plans

Cotton Australia has welcomed the announcement that nbn has doubled wholesale download limits for its Sky Muster satellite service for regional and rural communities.

The new wholesale allowable peak plans on Sky Muster will increase from 75G to 150GB, and total monthly plans will increase from 150GB to 300GB, from 1 October 2017.

“Cotton Australia and its allies – through the Rural Regional and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) – have long campaigned to achieve an end to the data drought, and we think the nbn’s announcement is a step towards achieving that,” says Cotton Australia Policy Officer, Felicity Muller.

“Just as they do in the cities, Australia’s farmers and other rural businesses rely on internet access to safely and efficiently run their operations. Additional data can only increase our farmers’ productivity and profitability, and we are pleased that the nbn’s announcement recognises that.

“The challenge will be to ensure that the nbn’s announcement will flow through to new retail data plans when they become available in October 2017. Cotton Australia, the RRRCC and other groups will be negotiating with the telcos so that the wholesale increase translates into a lift in data allowances for retail plans.”

Source: Cotton Australia

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