Aussies to pay as much as $3k for high speed broadband: Conroy

Claims Coalition broadband plan is worth more than $15 billion, with a $3000 connection fee, to Aussie taxpayer

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.

"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.

He also said Labor’s NBN plan will deliver fibre-to-the-home broadband to 93 per cent of all Australian homes and businesses.

"Only Labor has a plan for universal, affordable high-speed broadband for all Australians."

Conroy suggested Turnbull should “come clean” and release a detailed policy that outlines what Australians can expect to pay for broadband under the Coalition.

Tags Stephen ConroyLabor PartyMalcolm Turnbullhigh speed broadbandCoalitionNBNbroadbandCoalition broadband policyTelecommunications

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