People living in low-income housing face rising costs of internet and broadband access, as internet and other telecommunications providers increase their costs to provide service to those who cannot afford them.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) was built to address the broadband challenge, but it is also being used to help connect people who do not have access to a high-speed broadband service.
It is also making the internet more expensive for people in remote communities and those in poorer communities who live on fixed incomes, and it has not always been clear how it is working for those in these communities.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said in April it expected that internet speeds would be higher in some remote communities by 2030 than they would be in cities.
It also noted that many Australians do not get a high speed broadband connection at all.
The ABS said that in remote areas the proportion of households without broadband was about 40 per cent.
The number of households with broadband service was about 14 per cent of all households, and that the proportion who had no broadband service at all was about 9 per cent, the ABS said.
In 2020, there were more than 6.1 million people living in households without internet access.
In remote communities, more than half of people lived in households with no broadband, and about a quarter of people did not have a high tech broadband connection.
But it is not just the remote communities that are being hit by higher costs of broadband, according to the ABS.
The figures showed that the NBN has increased costs for some households in remote rural communities.
For example, the average price of a home internet service in remote parts of Victoria was $130.
The average price in regional Victoria was about $80.
The ACT and NSW had higher average prices for internet services in remote villages than in cities, according the ABS figures.
“In remote communities the average household income is significantly lower than the national average and in remote urban areas the median household income was $72,300 in 2016,” the ABS data showed.
“The average monthly NBN cost for a residential NBN service in a remote rural area is about $872.
The NBN’s average monthly costs in remote towns and cities were about $1,800 and $2,100 respectively.”
The ABS found that the average NBN cost in remote cities was about 25 per cent lower than in the cities, and the average monthly cost for broadband in remote town and city areas was about 24 per cent higher.
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow told Business Insider that the cost of the NBN was going to continue to rise.
“I think it’s going to go up because there are a number of factors which are going to be driving the cost,” he said.
“What is happening is the cost to build infrastructure is going to rise.”
Morrow said NBN Co had seen an increase in the cost in some areas and he had raised that with NBN Co. “We have got some areas where the cost per premises has gone up more than others,” he told Business Insiders.
“And I think it is going be a matter of time before NBN Co is able to meet the demand, and meet the revenue,” he added.
Morrow said the NBN Co would need to keep investing in new fibre optic networks, which were needed to meet demand.
“It is not going to get cheaper and cheaper and it will get more expensive,” he noted.
The increase in cost of NBN Co services is also due to a number other factors, such as the price of the fibre optic cable and the cost for installing it, Morrow said.
NBN Telstra’s CEO, Mike Quigley, told Business Week the NBN had increased costs in some parts of the country because of “external factors”.
Quigly said it was also due in part to NBN Co’s decision to increase its costs in the areas it was operating in.
NBN co chief technology officer Chris Broadbent said it had increased the cost because it was “a cost-sensitive business” in remote and remote-urban areas.
“Cost of services has gone from about 15 cents per premises to more than 30 cents per premise,” Broadbent told Businessweek.
“As we’ve got more and more broadband and other services going into remote areas, we’re seeing it more and less cost-efficient,” he continued.
NBN services are currently offered to customers in remote locations, in some cases for as little as $1 per month.
But Broadbent warned that there was still a way to go before everyone could receive their NBN service.
“There are a lot of barriers that are preventing people from getting their NBN services,” he pointed out.
“But we’ll get there eventually.”
Broadbent also noted the government’s decision in the wake of the Queensland floods, which left more than 700 people dead, had increased pressure on NBN Co and the NBN to make improvements.
NBN CEO Chris Broadbott said NBN was committed to ensuring the NBN remained the best-in-class broadband network in the country.
“Our ongoing investment in infrastructure is