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Telstra payphones and rural phone lines under review

Postby branleur » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:42 pm

Telstra's once-ubiquitous payphones and rural phone lines could soon face a funding chop, pending a review by the Productivity Commission.

One of the most contentious topics in Australian telecommunications is the Universal Service Obligation, which results in phone and internet providers paying around $300 million each year – mostly to Telstra – for the maintenance of copper phone lines and payphones across the country.

The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee last year called for the USO system to be replaced with a new "Consumer Communication Fund" that is less prescriptive about the technology used to deliver phone and internet services.

This could lead to homes and businesses getting a mobile phone or NBN service instead of a traditional copper phone connection.

On Tuesday Communications Minister Mitch Fifield released the government's response to the RTIRC report and ordered the Productivity Commission to review the future obligations of USO payments.

It is understood the terms of reference for the review could be released within a month. ... n1e64.html

They better not take away our precious payphones. :evil:

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Re: Telstra payphones and rural phone lines under review

Postby Freak » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:06 pm

copper is going to be a thing of the past.
The other day i saw a guy using a payphone and i thought it was suspecious

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Re: Telstra payphones and rural phone lines under review

Postby Timon » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:16 pm

hahaha, yeah anyone on a payphone is up to no good! report to terrorist hotline immediately :P lol

Once copper is all disconnected, can you imagine how many copper thieves will be driving around :P LOL

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