GrainGrowers calls for service providers to pass on the nbn additional wholesale data at no additional cost to consumers

National grain farmer representative body, GrainGrowers, today welcomed news that nbn Sky Muster satellite users are in line to receive double their current data allowance, including both peak and off-peak data from 1 October. 

This will bring maximum packages from 75 GB peak up to 150 GB peak and maximum total monthly data from 150 GB to 300 GB.

GrainGrowers CEO David McKeon said the new levels of available data after the increase would be much more realistic for the needs of modern grain growing businesses wanting to run cloud-based operations such as GrainGrowers’ own online grains decision-making system, ProductionWise.

“Modern farming is highly technical and the demands for data will continue to grow. The extra data will be provided by nbn at no extra cost to service providers and we hope that service providers will pass the expanded data straight onto customers, particularly farm businesses, without further charge on their current plans,” he said.

Mr McKeon said today’s announcement by Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield and Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Fiona Nash, marked a definite step in the right direction as grain growers were among rural and regional small business people who were currently disadvantaged without either enough data allowance to run their businesses or to reliably access government services or education online.

“The announcement will help provide a fairer network to rural and regional Australia in line with their city counterparts,” Mr McKeon said.

“To underpin these improvements and to ensure rural Australians are receiving adequate services, it is now important that the ACCC expands the nbn monitoring program to include SkyMuster services. We also look forward to progress on plans from nbn specifically created for businesses,” Mr McKeon said

GrainGrowers continues to work with the National Farmers’ Federation and through the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition to drive #betterbushcomms.

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