Aussie warned to brace for the $60bn 'NBN tax'
The price of broadband internet services will rise across Australia after a fee dubbed the "NBN tax" becomes a reality this week, slugging consumers up to $60 million more every year to access the internet.
Critics of the new tax, to be introduced next July, claim the charge is merely "another attempt" to fix the National Broadband Network at the cost of consumers, while service providers warn it should be delayed by at least another year, The NT News reported.
The monthly broadband fee will also come after an international report found Australia was already trailing many countries in broadband "affordability".
The proposed Regional Broadband Scheme will see many broadband users charged an additional $85.20 a year for their service, rising to $96 in 2020, and is expected to be passed into law when Parliament resumes this week.