New ser­vice to im­prove in­ter­net

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

RU­RAL Aus­tralians will wel­come a Sky Muster ad­di­tional data ser­vice, planned to roll out early 2019, with the re­lease of a new prod­uct – nbn Sky Muster Plus, an­nounced this week.

After con­sult­ing with key stake­holder groups, in­clud­ing ICPA, nbn has an­nounced this de­vel­op­ment, which will see es­sen­tial in­ter­net ser­vices in­clud­ing soft­ware up­dates, gen­eral web brows­ing, in­ter­net bank­ing and email us­age avail­able in a pack­age that will not count to­wards monthly data us­age, there­fore in­creas­ing the av­er­age data amount that can be used by a sub­stan­tial amount.

ICPA has ad­vo­cated for in­creased data lev­els and un­meter­ing of es­sen­tial ed­u­ca­tion sites for ru­ral and re­mote stu­dents for some time. ICPA pres­i­dent Wendy Hick said re­mote ed­u­ca­tion has been a fo­cus dur­ing con­sul­ta­tions with the nbn Re­gional Stake­hold­ers Roundtable. “We have dis­cussed im­proved data al­lowances for ge­o­graph­i­cally iso­lated stu­dents. This an­nounce­ment will see pri­mary, se­condary, ter­tiary and board­ing stu­dents with Sky Muster ser­vices at home able to par­tic­i­pate,” she said.

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