What you'll pay for the NBN

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Internet service provider (ISP) Internode has become the first company of its type to reveal prices for retail access to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The NBN will be a wholesale-only network. NBNCo, the goverment body set up to construct and operate the network, will strike deals with ISPs and telephone companies, who will then resell access to homes and businesses. ISPs and phone companies will be free to set their prices at whatever level they want.

Internode's prices are as follows:


Port Speed *

30 GB

200 GB

300 GB

1 TB


12/1 Mbps






25/5 Mbps






50/20 Mbps






100/40 Mbps





* Port speeds noted here are the nominal NBN access port speed only, and are not necessarily indicative of the Internet data transfer speeds the services will achieve in practice.

Internode will also offer a $30 a month priority business support line, and all of the deals listed above include $10 of credit for the bundled voice telephone service.

After announcing these prices, Internode CEO Simon Hackett wrote a lengthy and detailed blog post bemoaning them. The details are pretty arcane, but the gist of it is that the way NBNCo has set up its wholesale deals means it is very hard for his company or other ISPs to sell NBN access for much less than the prices above. Hackett also feels that Telstra retains a big advantage in the market under the NBN's current mode.

What do you think of these prices? Let us know in the comments below.

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