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NBN sets date for punishment tax – which won’t solve problems

Australia’s nbn (national broadband network) continues to apply tiny plasters over gaping wounds as it finalizes the date upon which it charges all its naysayers with a disloyalty fee. From June 2020, all those who have sensibly avoided the network will be punished with a A$7.10 ($4.86) monthly tax – creating a piggybank to the tune of just $383 million a year. While paltry in overall terms, that’s still $383 million worth of vendor opportunity. Faultline has long been suspicious of the monopoly broadband organization. It has stumbled at every obstacle in its quest to be Australia’s broadband network. This tax seems to be a deeply unpopular means of offsetting costs that were too high in the first place. This…

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