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Tasmanian ISPs to get cut-price NBN access

Tasmanian ISPs to get cut-price NBN access

Low cost access prices aimed at boosting take up and cutting retail pricing

Internode, iPrimus and iiNet will each pay a one-off $300 fee per premises connected rather than a monthly fee in the Tasmanian rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The pricing applies until July 2011 and relates to 4000 premises in Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton.

The price announcement was made by NBN Co CEO, Mike Quigley, during Senate estimates hearings yesterday.

He said it was not linked to the cost of building the NBN.

“There’s nothing particularly scientific about the $300 other than believing it’s the sensible thing to do with these retail service providers to help defray their costs of setting up,” Quigley said.

He claimed the cost would then be reset to match the national standard pricing in line with a promise by Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, to have one price for the NBN across Australia.

iPrimus recently announced its planned pricing for the Tasmanian users of the NBN.

Customers will pay $89.95 per month for monthly caps of 5GB during peak hours and 10GB during off-peak hours over a 24-month period. It also includes local, national and mobile phone calls.

The Tasmanian rollout of the NBN has already hit controversy with the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union claiming it was putting workers lives at risk.

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