EX­TRA BUSH DATA

Sky Muster dou­bles data lim­its for bush cus­tomers

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite. Cud­dihy @west­ern­starnews.com

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.”

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

DATA DROUGHT: Kristy Spar­row from Bet­ter In­ter­net for Ru­ral, Regional and Re­mote Aus­tralia (BIRRR).

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