Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Questions without Notice


2:59 pm

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party, Minister for Regional Communications) Share this | Hansard source

The coalition is committed to providing homes and businesses served by the Sky Muster satellites with access to peak wholesale download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second. In October 2017, NBN doubled the maximum monthly wholesale data limits for its satellite services and increased average peak data downloads by 50 per cent. Retailers have passed on the additional data at a minimal extra cost to consumers. As a former teacher myself, I want to draw the Senate's attention to NBN's distance education satellite. This is a product that provides a separate 25-down, five-up megabytes per second service with a monthly download limit of 50 gigabytes per student. Unlike the Western Australia Labor government, we actually value all students equally, no matter where they live, and our distance satellite supports our children in the far-flung corners of WA. Sky Muster supports these students. This is just a small example of how we are investing in technology that makes a difference.


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