EXTRA BUSH DATA
Sky Muster doubles data limits for bush customers
THE bush’s data drought might finally be over with NBN announcing last week their Sky Muster satellite would be doubling their data limits after years of complaints from rural internet users.
The maximum data allowance has been increased to 300GB per month, and the peak use allowance has doubled to 150GB per month.
The announcement was welcomed by rural internet lobby group Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia.
The group has been lobbying extensively for better data limits since Sky Muster’s launch in 2015.
“This is a much-needed improvement on existing limits,” BIRRR spokesperson, Kristy Sparrow said.
Mrs Sparrow commended Federal Communications Minister, Senator Fiona Nash, and NBN, for listening to regional advocates.
“The previous maximum (75GB peak) was inadequate for the multiple needs of rural customers,” Mrs Sparrow said.
While previous limits sat well below average Australian household usage, the new plan offerings are so far being received well by members of BIRRR.
Rural internet user Ali Briggs, from Condamine, also welcomed the new
❝ The previous maximum was inadequate for the multiple needs of rural customers,. — Kristy Sparrow
limits and described the changes it would mean for her family.
“The data increase is a game changer for us,” Mrs Briggs said.
“I will be able to continue to work remotely from home, our children will be able to access online homework tasks, we can read cattle market reports... do online banking... and video chat with our son at boarding school.
“All without the fear of using all of our data before the end of each month.
“We are very hopeful that this is just the beginning of increases in data for regional and rural users.”
DATA DROUGHT: Kristy Sparrow from Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR).