Plan a plus for ru­ral con­nec­tiv­ity

Shepparton News - Country News - - WOMEN IN AG FORUM -

The Re­gional, Ru­ral and Re­mote Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Coali­tion has wel­comed the launch of the new Sky Muster Plus internet plan.

The new plans will not count the use of es­sen­tial internet ser­vices such as internet bank­ing and email to­wards monthly data al­lowances.

Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Fiona Sim­son be­lieves this is ‘‘a game-changer for internet con­nec­tiv­ity in the bush.’’

‘‘The in­tro­duc­tion of Sky Muster Plus demon­strates that the gov­ern­ment un­der­stands the con­nec­tiv­ity needs of re­gional Aus­tralians and is will­ing to think out­side the box to ful­fill these needs,’’ she said.

NFF telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­mit­tee chair nom­i­nee and Ag­force Queens­land and Bet­ter Internet for Ru­ral, Re­gional and Re­mote Aus­tralia rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kylie Stret­ton agreed.

‘‘Ev­ery day we hear from peo­ple seek­ing more data for their day-to-day op­er­a­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘We have re­ceived nu­mer­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tions from peo­ple hav­ing is­sues with some­thing as sim­ple as up­load­ing their drought as­sis­tance forms.

‘‘Hav­ing a more re­al­is­tic fo­cus on what data re­quire­ments are, as well as what’s me­tered and un­metered, is very wel­come.’’

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