Internet prices to fall

An ACCC draft decision may see internet prices fall for millions of Australian internet users.

Internet prices to fall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) handed down a draft decision yesterday that will see the price of internet access fall for millions of users. The decision may see the price that Telstra can charge its wholesale customers (iiNet, Optus, TPG, Dodo, etc) for use of its copper network, decrease by 9.6 per cent from 1 October 2015 until 30 June 2019.

The ACCC’s original draft decision in March called for a 0.7 per cent price reduction, but this has now been overturned by the newly proposed 9.6 per cent price reduction. Chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims, suggested that the original decision was based on outstanding issues that weren’t finalised at the time, causing the sudden change in price reduction.

“Users of Telstra's network should not pay the higher costs that result from fewer customers as NBN migration occurs,” Mr Sims said.

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Opinion: Will you see the reduction?

The ACCC’s decision to decrease Telstra’s charges to wholesale internet service providers (ISPs) should see a dramatic shift in the internet pricing landscape, allowing for more wriggle room for those playing with finer margins. Once approved and in place, the changes will see different price reductions from all ISPs.

Companies such as TPG that have been making a name for themselves through lower prices would be close to the top of the list to pass on the full price reduction, while a company such as Optus or iiNet may be less likely to pass on the full reduction.

While the wholesale price reductions may not seem like a win for Telstra customers, if its main competitors, Optus and iiNet, pass on some or all of the savings, then it is reasonable to assume that Telstra may also lower its retail prices. But as with the big banks passing on any reduction in the official interest rate, we will just have to wait and see.

What do you think? Is the ACCC’s decision a positive step for internet users? Should the ACCC force wholesale internet service providers to pass on all or a minimum per cent of the decrease to their customers? 





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    Peterrj
    30th Jun 2015
    10:19am
    Yes, I believe it ... Just as I now save $500 per year in electricity bills! That was the election promise, wasn't it???

    Anyone else save this mythical and elusive $500 on their electricity bill?

    I am now waiting for manna to fall from heaven, it could be a long wait??
    Dotty
    30th Jun 2015
    10:43am
    Totally agree about waiting a long time for Manna to fall from heaven ! Guess I will make it up there first before anything happens here that is for sure !! Dotty
    LiveItUp
    30th Jun 2015
    11:07am
    Just got my electricity bill for $42.00. However internet is much higher but won't hold my breath waiting for it to come down.
    MICK
    30th Jun 2015
    11:32am
    Did not know that our dead in the water PM had anything to do with internet pricing. But you are spot on with your comment about high electricity prices. I believe the chant before and after the election was "you have high electricity prices because of the Carbon Tax". This lie only ended when Greg Hunt had the ABC's Tony Jones laugh at him on air when he refused to answer the question and repeated the propaganda. So power prices have dropped by two thirds to bring them back to pre Carbon Tax days? I thought so!
    raymondp
    30th Jun 2015
    11:38am
    Where talking about the "Greedy Australian" here. Don't hold your breath or Heaven will be closer than you think.
    Theo1943
    30th Jun 2015
    12:40pm
    When the carbon tax came off my power bill the unit cost reduced by 2 cents. To save $500 my bil would have needed to be 25,000 units or $6,250 per annum. Thankfully my power bill is less than my pension.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    12:43pm
    But higher than My wishes !
    Reeper
    30th Jun 2015
    3:47pm
    Thanks Petrrj you now appear to have confused half a dozen respondents who don't know their internet from their electricity, and mick just appears to rant on about anything..... and bye the bye mick, Tony Jones didn't laugh at him because Jones actually got the question wrong....
    moke
    30th Jun 2015
    7:27pm
    peterrj don't hold your breath funerals wont get any cheaper
    maelcolium
    1st Jul 2015
    12:56pm
    @Bonny $42 for electricity? Can I have the name of your provider I need to switch.
    Paicey58
    30th Jun 2015
    10:24am
    The possible saving of approx $100 Per year for my internet use is not going to make much of a difference to me. That's assuming that the ful amount is passed on which is probably not going to happen. I will still stay with the company that provides me with the best and most reliable service. For me that is Optus. Telstra are to expensive. I'm told TPG are good and I have heard that iiNET are one of the most complained about companies.
    moke
    30th Jun 2015
    7:33pm
    Your not wrong about Telstra not only are they pricey, but when school holidays are on if you are on a lower rate it is not much better service than the old dial up used to be. but they tie you into a contract, will have to have a change when that goes
    Abby
    2nd Jul 2015
    8:44am
    You are right moke
    My Internet also slows down after school is out and on the kids hols ... this happened both when I belonged to TPG and now that I am with Telstra.
    Come on NBN.
    Blossom
    4th Jul 2015
    8:27pm
    iinet actually actually owns a few other providers.
    A relative of mine was with another provider for her mobile phone and was unknowingly change to TPG. She had changed from on supplier to another one about 12 months before. She reckoned TPG was the worst she had ever had service-wise, and to make matters worse they were expensive.
    Jurassicgeek
    30th Jun 2015
    10:43am
    you have got to be kidding ..they last unkept promise was a power price cut....do you honestly think that Telstra will reduce their charges and do we really believe the providers will follow??? ..Satellite internet users will be left out as usual....naaa not n my lifetime...
    doggone
    30th Jun 2015
    10:44am
    yep just saw a pig flying past my window, so a price reduction will happen.
    Peterrj
    30th Jun 2015
    11:09am
    Yep, I just saw half a dozen flying pigs pass over my house just this minute.
    AdoredB4
    30th Jun 2015
    11:06am
    We can't even get ADSL2 yet on the Peninsula. I pay twice city prices for half the speed and gigs.
    LiveItUp
    30th Jun 2015
    11:08am
    No ADSL2 here either just wireless.
    FrankC
    30th Jun 2015
    11:33am
    I don't know which peninsula you are living on, but I am in Deception bay, Qld, and have ADSL2 with iPrimus, speeds good and have 20 gig of data, with free local and national calls, my monthly bill averages $75, and I am on wireless.
    AdoredB4
    30th Jun 2015
    1:31pm
    Your lucky FrankC. I'm in Victoria. Not that far out of Melbourne. Some Telstra customers can get ADSL2, but not the rest of us.
    Biddy
    30th Jun 2015
    11:09am
    I think if it is good for consumers then we should be get the savings,they have stated that we are suppose to get a electricity cut but so far that has not been forthcoming and if we do get a cut in Internet services I guess that would be a bonus,so far there has been no saving to me for electricity this is a complete fantasy with the government and companies so therefore anything they tell me I do not trust
    Kato
    30th Jun 2015
    11:15am
    Goodo now for them to do the same for the overinflated phone call costs.

    An election is in the wind. heads should roll if no cuts are passed on to the poor and those that have become poorer since no cuts Tony became the man of a thousand cuts.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    11:26am
    Are you bad mouthing the Cut King of Canberra ? :-)
    MICK
    30th Jun 2015
    11:41am
    I don't want to seem to be supporting the current dishonest government but in all fairness I think that phone costs have actually gone down over the years. I get 50 Gb of broadband, my phone rental costs and all local and Australia wide calls for under $70 a month. I think this is quite ok but maybe I am wrong.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    12:13pm
    Its VERY Wrong in this Country ! I get 100 Gigs a month with Telstra (no other choice) and the most I can use, trying to download Music and anything that takes my fancy (or not) is roughly 20 Gigs ? It costs a Hundred Bucks a month, Bundled with Mobile and Home Phone. What a Rip Off !! :-( And that's the Pensioners deal in this Land of Milk and Honey !! :-)
    Young Simmo
    30th Jun 2015
    12:58pm
    Yep we are on the same Bundle particolor. Only use 10 to 15 Gigs but the 100% free landline anywhere in Aus is a big asset. I pay 70 bucks every pension day and every 4 or 5 pensions when my credit gets to $100 plus I miss paying the 70 bucks.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    2:25pm
    I do exactly the same Simmo !! :-)
    But I'm dicing with the Idea now of Dumping the lot and getting a Pre paid Mobile only ?
    Everything You do now they tell you get on the Net ? Pensioners Should get Half Price at least !
    Kato
    30th Jun 2015
    9:40pm
    Good to see you back on Particolor.
    Abby
    4th Jul 2015
    7:25am
    Join their Wi-Fi network which uses a part of home broadband allowance at thousands of hotspots across Australia and at over 15 million Fon Spots overseas.

    So when you’re out and about, using your Wi-Fi enabled laptop, tablet or smartphone their Air App will be able to automatically connect to your nearest hospot.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    11:24am
    It will be the first thing to fall in this country since Federation !
    MICK
    30th Jun 2015
    11:41am
    Welcome back stranger. I was beginning to think you may have kicked the bucket...but glad you are still with us.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    12:20pm
    I lost My Newsletter Link somewhere ? And have to come in the Back Door now Mick.
    :-)
    Young Simmo
    30th Jun 2015
    1:00pm
    Actually Mick, I think he went to the pub and it was his watch battery that karked it.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    1:17pm
    I don't wear a watch ! They leave a GHOST WATCH mark on Your arm in our Hot Climate ( Plus Global Warming ) :-)
    Thai Traveller
    30th Jun 2015
    11:48am
    I pay $24.00 a month for my internet in Thailand. It's fast, reliable, excellent wi-fi, and it has no limit. I can use it 24/7 if I want to. My TV (computer) is linked with this and I get 16 UK TV stations. Everybody is connected, and the internet companies are making a profit, so what's happening in Oz?
    Kato
    30th Jun 2015
    9:40pm
    Simple we get ripped off.
    LiveItUp
    1st Jul 2015
    10:43am
    Overseas visitors are used to having Wifi internet included in their accommodation charges and not happy having to pay extra for it.
    Thai Traveller
    1st Jul 2015
    4:02pm
    There is not a coffee shop, restaurant or hotel that I've seen in Thailand in the past 4 years, which does not have totally FREE internet. The passwords are on display so you don't even have to ask. A new shopping mall in Chiang Mai has part of the top floor dedicated to students where they can chat, study, use the internet, snack, and it's totally free. As I can't understand Thai, I watch overseas and Aussie+ TV via my wi-fi, and no limit.
    particolor
    1st Jul 2015
    7:03pm
    I've heard the Fried Rice is rather Yummy there too ! And Far Far cheaper than Ripoffland ? :-)
    Wock
    30th Jun 2015
    11:48am
    Received a letter from ActewAGL yesterday advising that my electricity price will decrease by 4.6% from 1 July, saving me about $1.53 a week ($80 a year).
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    12:01pm
    That's 20 Schooners of Beer a Year ! WHOOOPEEE !! :-) 1& a Half beers a month extra ! Id Celebrate and drink it all at once ! :-) HIC !!
    flanjam
    30th Jun 2015
    12:12pm
    Whoa! Received a letter from ActewAGL yesterday to say that electricity pricing will decrease, whilst gas pricing will increase.....leaving us out of pocket :(
    KSS
    30th Jun 2015
    1:52pm
    But less out of pocket flanjam than if the electricity prices were not going down!
    missmarple
    1st Jul 2015
    12:56pm
    I am with AGL at the moment, just received my (all) electricity bill, no decrease here and too dear, so now going with another provider, better discount and cheaper rates
    Ageing but not getting old
    1st Jul 2015
    2:31pm
    Well, all of you East Coasters at least HAVE some choice in your electricity provider! Her in WA, we only have the ONE provider; Synergy in the metro areas and Western Power (I believe) in the country areas. Try getting ANY lower rate with a monopoly!
    particolor
    1st Jul 2015
    7:00pm
    I just heard the Price Crash !! OH ! Hang on it was only a Pot plant in the fernery falling off its Perch ! :-(
    dougie
    30th Jun 2015
    12:44pm
    Peterrj
    Yes peter only in the past week have I received a letter from my electricity supplier setting out the reduced costs from July 1st. The biggest reduction was in the daily cost of supply.
    Have you had a word from your supplier yet?
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    12:52pm
    Sorry to but in, but I'm glad you got a reduction in Your Extortion Demand. The Cosa Nostra must be weakening ? :-)
    westy50
    30th Jun 2015
    12:53pm
    I will wait with anticipation, not hope. I pay $80 a month for unlimited nbn speed 3 with Dodo, the service is good along with tec support which I have rarely had to use ????
    Kaz
    30th Jun 2015
    1:12pm
    I hope to see it happen - I oay extra for every little bit I use, but there's no refund, credit or carry over if I don't use it!
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    1:25pm
    Kaz.. That is My greatest Bug Bear with Telstra ! I only use 20 of 100 Gigs a month and NO carry over for not possibly be able to use anywhere Near That Amount ?
    One Month soon I am going to Download every Movie ever made and make them suffer !! :-) :-)

    30th Jun 2015
    1:13pm
    We are with Telstra on an old Home Bundle Ultimate $110 per month package with unlimited local and national calls, calls to four mobile phones, and 500gb of data usage which they have increased lately to 1tb (1000gb) free of charge, plus $30 credit for two months, so we'll be staying with them for a while. One of the main reasons internet providers are doing deals is because of being the different TV on demand companies who screen with them - like Netflix, Stan, Presto, etc. - which means you have to be with that internet provider to get their specific pay TV company. As usual, know what best suits you and yours, know the prices/deals, and hunt around - and haggle - it works! Good luck.
    Rosscoe
    30th Jun 2015
    1:23pm
    Well said, Peterrj! I just received my electricity bill yesterday. 2013/2014 bill $1700. 2014/2015 bill $1800!!!!! Pigs might fly if you believe this federal government. Liars!
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    1:30pm
    I wouldn't go as far as calling them Blatant Liars ! Its just that they handle the TRUTH a Tad Carelessly ! :-(
    Kato
    30th Jun 2015
    9:45pm
    a bit like the internet shaping they sell you. up down peak off peak but you pay for unlimited?
    fearlessfly
    30th Jun 2015
    1:30pm
    Hey, ANY regulatory move that whacks that blood sucking leech nest sometimes called Telstra about the head is a GREAT move !
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    1:34pm
    Hear ! Hear !!
    And they just thanked Me for My LOYAL SERVICE ! :-) :-)
    Didee
    30th Jun 2015
    1:34pm
    we are on Far Sth Coast NSW. Private Disability Insurance Recipient so no Telstra Concessions. After 13 years of poor mobile reception, constant Landline breakdowns & outages, 'take all day' startup on computer (first satellite, then NBN) TELSTRA approached us to go onto Wireless as it was costing them a fortune to continually fix our (their) problems. i.e. 300 metres of rotten cable (had all big equipment out after a month and only fixed 10 metres) said they would never replace it; would not be putting ADSL in our stretch (which precludes getting cheap 'bundles' eg TPG) so would be cheaper for Telstra if we went Wireless. OK but we were paying $30 mth Broadband ($40 - $10 loyalty (?) discount) for 4GB and now pay $45 for 4GB but need 6 GB. No 6 GB only 8 GB which will cost $65 per month. We still have problems (lightning strikes apparently can put us out for a month) and speed is no better. Telstra won't budge on charges, so I hope ACCC 'sticks it up them' and forces prices down.....for wireless too.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    1:47pm
    I have sympathy with You ! same here, I had to change to ADSL which costs a Small Fortune ! Not in Pensioners Range ? Anyhow My Contract has finally worn out and I'm thinking of Dumping the lot and living a normal life !! With One Hundred extra Bikies a Month to waste ! :-)
    Kato
    30th Jun 2015
    9:43pm
    commancheros or Angels.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    10:13pm
    Banditto's
    Didee
    30th Jun 2015
    1:42pm
    ps Spent $75000 on Full Solar System (got $4000 rebate) so gratefully we have no electricity bills....but not everyone can do this. Also people have short memories...power bills had been increasing dramatically long before Julia Gillard set a Carbon Tax - she was a scapegoat all the way. And, as people are now realising (except Tony Abbott) her foresight for building up Solar and future sustainable energy, Australian manufacturing industry, Education and research, would have put Australia on top of the ladder economically, environmentally, employment wise, and self sustainable into the future - including little or no electricity bills.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    1:50pm
    Good Onya !! :-)
    maelcolium
    1st Jul 2015
    1:00pm
    Hey didee....$75000 ???? Assuming you have a zero too many here.
    KSS
    30th Jun 2015
    1:50pm
    I see all the negative Nancys are out and about again. When things go up by a dollar here and a dollar there you all complain, but now that there is to be a reduction whatever the amount there you go again - complaining. Any reduction in costs to the consumer is a good thing. You all whinge about increases and then when a reduction is offered you whinge again because it is not enough.

    As for electricity costs. The savings were always dependant on your spending. The so called average savings of $500 were never said not intended to be seen as a guaranteed $500 reduction in electricity bills for everyone. Obviously if you did not fit the profile of the modelling your reduction would differ.

    In my case, my electricity charges did go down after the scrapping of the carbon tax, then I switched provider and got another reduction, the scheme I am on gives me a further 15% off usage for paying the bill on time, and now I too have received a letter telling me that charges will do down again as of 1 July. True the savings probably don't add up to $500, but it is less than I was paying, and given my charges are in the vicinity of under $700 a year, less than half Rosscoe says he is paying, I am happy with that.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    2:00pm
    And if you believe that, the Flying Pig that goes over will poop Dollars !
    Ill let You know in 3 Months about The Negative Nancy bit !
    The Carbon Tax Gone Made No Difference ? They put the Availability Cost UP to Compensate, for the Bosses Cigars !! :-(
    KSS
    30th Jun 2015
    2:05pm
    You need to change supplier then particolor because I also got a refund of the carbon tax component I paid in the period between the axing and the implementation by the supplier.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    2:12pm
    Months back I went to change Suppliers ! ( I wont mention Suppliers) And they rang me back and said "Sorry? You have no Credit Rating ?" NO,because I always pay cash. Since when did you have to have a Credit Rating to get Ripped Off by a Power Company ???? :-(
    dougie
    30th Jun 2015
    2:31pm
    KSS. You are so right. Take it upon yourselves to ensure that you get the best possible deal. A little ringing about - a little discussion on changing suppliers (or banks) works wonders. If you are prepared to sit back and be ripped off without doing something about it, then you deserve to be ripped off. I will always take on Politicians - Telstra - Electrical suppliers or any other business which wants to rip you off. No company likes to lose accounts and they will generally deal to maintain your business. Try it!
    Ageing but not getting old
    1st Jul 2015
    2:40pm
    I'll repeat what I wrote above to another person: Well, all of you East Coasters at least HAVE some choice in your electricity provider! Her in WA, we only have the ONE provider; Synergy in the metro areas and Western Power (I believe) in the country areas. Try getting ANY lower rate with a monopoly!
    particolor
    1st Jul 2015
    7:17pm
    Buy all the Utility Company's and the Railway Stations + Mayfair and Bond Street ! You'll win for sure !! :-) :-)
    nena
    30th Jun 2015
    1:56pm
    The ACCC is useless and waste of taxpayer money. It has done absolutely nothing about reducing the fuel price after a lot of talk and promises. The ACCC is a liability to the country, as I am concerned. We don't need it as it is, better would be if those many useless people leaving the great life to our senses went to grow fruit and vegetables for the population.
    Tassie
    30th Jun 2015
    2:44pm
    It should be passed onto all..I use, iiNet because they bought out Westnet. and have done for years, .because of Telstra's constant financial muck up's to us....I really hope iiNet passes on the full amount to us all..as that's what it's all about surely? ..have to wait and see how much integrity they really do have..:-) xx
    particolor
    2nd Jul 2015
    7:45pm
    Integrity ? Corporations ? :-) :-) :-)
    Sadie
    30th Jun 2015
    5:43pm
    When electricity prices fell,thanks to the scrapping of the carbon tax,did anyone else notice the service fee bounced right up and up? Where I live ,we only have one provider,no competition!!
    Anonymous
    30th Jun 2015
    6:57pm
    Sadie, in August, 2014 the supply charge per kWh with AGL in SE Queensland increased from $0.2673 to $0.8341, an increase of 320%! Their way of increasing profits lost through solar panel users.
    Kato
    2nd Jul 2015
    5:20pm
    In WA they removed the Seven percent carbon tax impost six Months after Herr Abbott anounced with great fanfare the carbon tax she is gone. The recording fee increased the stamp duty fee increased then the anual holdup of indexation increased so Iam still waiting for my letter telling me it going down.
    Abby
    4th Jul 2015
    6:28am
    The pensioners should consider themselves lucky that they kept their Carbon tax subsidy !!!
    Radish
    30th Jun 2015
    7:26pm
    Wouldn't it rot your socks. I just signed up for a two year contract with Westnet yesterday. I am a born loser LOL.
    particolor
    30th Jun 2015
    8:05pm
    Not really ! But it has caused You to go a bit Red in the face !
    Radish
    1st Jul 2015
    7:41am
    good one particlolor LOL!
    vincent
    30th Jun 2015
    8:56pm
    It can only happen in Oz. First limited data downloads, what a laugh. In real countries you pay for the speed of the internet not the amount of data download, but that was a trick of Telstra and every other provider cottonned on to this. If you had to pay for speed we in the country would have the cheapest internet available. Outlaw this practice and than they will have to put their running shoes on. As it stands now we receive a second rate service at inflated prices and I cannot see any change in that in the forseeable future. By the way the standard was 100mps in 2010 in the Netherlands, we are only dreaming of that here and yes it is no joke Roemania has a better internet service than here in Oz. Plenty more work to be done, it will not happen with this lot in government. To put not a fine point to it, blame Johnny the way that Telstra was privatised a total stuff up.It will cost more to rectify than it brought in in revenue and we are all still paying for it.
    Abby
    4th Jul 2015
    6:32am
    A lot of the third world countries have better infrastructure than we have
    vincent
    30th Jun 2015
    8:56pm
    It can only happen in Oz. First limited data downloads, what a laugh. In real countries you pay for the speed of the internet not the amount of data download, but that was a trick of Telstra and every other provider cottonned on to this. If you had to pay for speed we in the country would have the cheapest internet available. Outlaw this practice and than they will have to put their running shoes on. As it stands now we receive a second rate service at inflated prices and I cannot see any change in that in the forseeable future. By the way the standard was 100mps in 2010 in the Netherlands, we are only dreaming of that here and yes it is no joke Roemania has a better internet service than here in Oz. Plenty more work to be done, it will not happen with this lot in government. To put not a fine point to it, blame Johnny the way that Telstra was privatised a total stuff up.It will cost more to rectify than it brought in in revenue and we are all still paying for it.
    missmarple
    1st Jul 2015
    12:46pm
    Frank C, you are paying way too much with iprimus, just had a call from Telstra yesterday, offering me 50gig data, unlimited local calls, capped at $2.00 mobile and STD, line rental all for $69.95 per month
    missmarple
    1st Jul 2015
    12:48pm
    and that's with adsl2+
    KSS
    1st Jul 2015
    1:01pm
    Use Thailand as a benchmark? Seriously???

    Fine if you pay the industry workers the same as the Thai employees and increase the population of Australia to that of Thailand. Compare like with like and stop making ridiculous claims about how much cheaper things are in Thailand. Go and live there if that's what you want but be sure to attempt to draw a Thai pension whilst you're at it or fund yourself without a Government pension from Australia.
    particolor
    1st Jul 2015
    6:49pm
    Have a whinge for us about Pharmaceutical Companies Paying 1% Tax in Australia ?? For us will You ...Please !! :-(
    Dollars over Respect?
    1st Jul 2015
    1:39pm
    Telstra is just far too top heavy! They've got to pay for massive senior management teams who are paid way too much for what they do! It's still a massively inefficient elephant but to cull out the excesses would mean hundreds would lose their jobs (too big a problem for our government / ACCC - to even consider addressing). We were crazy to allow partial sell off! We do, and will always, need the 'workers' in this organisation and right now a total intelligent restructure is still overdue. The excesses of management and employee 'benefits' needs to be reconciled with what is affordable in today's business climate. How many of us realise that we paid Sol Tuijillo $23m in his last year (after less than 3 years) before we had to send him on his way? Who needs (or is worth) $23m? Telstra's costs could be brought down significantly if cut its excesses and focussed on delivering to its customers an efficient value for money service for all. Telstra's reputation has suffered and current attempts to change this impression via tv 'fantasy service' advts are another great waste of funds. Other providers are steadily stealing away their business by offering value for money (ie the likes of Amaysim etc).

    1st Jul 2015
    6:44pm
    moan, moan, groan, groan, all you can hear nowadays of some of the contributors to these articles, when are we starting to come up with some positive comments in regard to the questions asked, please try to give a clear cut opinion on how we can improve the system, as asked, instead of, as always in these discussions lately, some persons try to take a shot at to-day's government.

    1st Jul 2015
    6:44pm
    moan, moan, groan, groan, all you can hear nowadays of some of the contributors to these articles, when are we starting to come up with some positive comments in regard to the questions asked, please try to give a clear cut opinion on how we can improve the system, as asked, instead of, as always in these discussions lately, some persons try to take a shot at to-day's government.
    particolor
    1st Jul 2015
    7:10pm
    Pity they KEEP Missing !!:-)

    3rd Jul 2015
    5:39pm
    thanks particolor for confirming of why some persons only use these articles for political purposes, You being one of those.
    particolor
    3rd Jul 2015
    8:19pm
    I dislike them all ! Both Teams All Crooks !! Push the Reset Button !! :-)
    maxchugg
    6th Jul 2015
    10:57am
    Never underestimate the craftiness of big business.
    In Tasmania competition from solar panels and reduced demand caused by more efficient devices, such as LED lighting has meant that electricity prices have fallen by a small amount and distribution charges are spiraling upwards.
    As always, it's "heads we win, tails you lose."
    particolor
    6th Jul 2015
    11:14am
    What a CROCK !! The more My usage goes down the Higher My Bill Climbs ?? :-(
    Jurassicgeek
    6th Jul 2015
    1:01pm
    another illusion...
    RichF
    27th Jul 2015
    8:42pm
    My goodness, you lot! $80 a month - $110 a month.! You must be dreaming or extraordinarily rich.
    I'm a pensioner too and I struggle, so a rate of about $150 A YEAR is nearer the mark. Mind you I don't download 'Gone with the Wind' every night. in fact I don't download any movies at all. I just use the net to keep in touch - London Daily Telegraph, Times crossword and many friends both here and os.

    Try wireless. Sure it isn't as fast as you beaut, all singing and dancing landline but it's good enough for me. Something like 1.5 to over 2 megs a second can be surprisingly effective. And anyway, what are you going to do with the time you save on an ultra fast connection? Make another cup of coffee?

    RichF
    particolor
    27th Jul 2015
    9:18pm
    Now look here ! I don't know what You (aren't) using but the Internet in Australia is RIP OFF ! FULL STOP . Telstra has 2 Choices 5 Gigs which is Useless, Not even enough time to fill in Your password OR 100 Gigs now which is Overkill and a Flamin Joke ! To most pensioners anyhow .
    Personally I don't Download anything, and Wireless here is like a Broken Walky Talky! :-( ADSL is plenty past enough, but the Price is atrocious ! Its about time the Government gave Old Age Pensioners Half Price with all the things You are supposed to do on the Net now !! My Contract is Just ending now, I went to the Telstra Office and Inquired, but cant do any better than what I have now 117 Bucks a Month ?? :-( I've got 2 weeks to make up My mind, Dump the lot in the Garbage Skip or Carry On ?? And I think the Garbage Skip is Winning !! Bye
    KB
    4th Jun 2016
    11:07am
    NBN prices seem to be higher. There also needs to be a greater choice when you are choosing megabytes. The choice is limited between 100 and 500 and there is no in between, I would like to see a 150 megabyte level I was happy paying for 45 so now have had to choose a higher level of megabytes for $55.00. As for the electricity bill mine has gone down significantly however be aware that electricity charges will rise July 1st.
    particolor
    4th Jun 2016
    4:21pm
    I told Telstra who do you think you are ? My Internet bill is Higher than My Electricity Bill by far ! And Your Bloody Net Doesn't, Cook My Tea, Warm me up in the Winter, Vacuum the Floor, Heat My Water, Etc. Nor pay for the Electricity to run Your Expensive Rip Off Internet !! :-( :-(
    PS.. There !! :-)


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