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Coonan's 'equal opportunity' broadband
The details of a scheme that promises the most far-flung Aussies a chance to get the same broadband that their city-dwelling cousins have had for some time have been unveiled.Communications Minister Helen Coonan revealed guidelines for the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) program -- the scheme under which those living in the most broadband-deprived areas can claim a AU$2,750 subsidy towards satellite connectivity.
OPEL broadband: AU$750 cheaper to connect
The cost of connecting to Australia's forthcoming WiMax bush broadband will not be as expensive as some have suggested, according to OPEL, the joint venture between Elders and Optus, the company building the network.Jason Horley, general manager of Elders, said today that the cost of installing the necessary equipment in users' homes to enable them to connect to the network will be far less than some industry figures have predicted.
Telstra: No longer your last resort?
Telstra may no longer be the average Aussie's last resort for communications -- the government has announced that it is looking into the telco's Universal Service Obligation (USO), and it could be ripe for change.Speaking yesterday, Communications Minister Helen Coonan unveiled a review of a telecommunications regulation that could see Telstra pay less towards ensuring all Australians can access basic services.