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A study in slow: Telcos, NBN, trade blows over broadband charges

A power struggle between NBN Co and the telcos who sell their product is costing consumers — not in terms of cash, but internet speeds.

Basically fast broadband exists, but only if you, and your internet service provider (ISP), are prepared to pay for it.

The long-running battle and finger-pointing between NBN Co and ISPs such as Telstra, Optus, iiNet, Macquarie Telecom and Vodafone Hutchinson appears little more than an old-fashioned margin squeeze between wholesalers and retailers. But critics of the NBN Co’s controversial Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) usage charge say affordable, top-speed NBN internet won’t be a reality to the majority of consumers until the charge is abandoned.

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