If you’ve heard about the new development charge being applied by nbn™ from April 1, you may be wondering whether or not this will impact you. Even if you haven’t heard, we’re here to provide all the information you’ll need to know about this new charge and what will change as of April 1.
What is the New Development Charge?
The Australian Government have recently released a policy regarding charges for building new telecommunications infrastructure in development areas. Previously nbn™ were responsible for meeting the cost of providing fibre to new developments, however, this new policy stipulates the cost will now be passed onto both the developers and actual households that are being connected.
As of April 1 nbn™ will implement a $300 charge for all connections made in areas they have identified as within the boundary of a new development. The decision was made to shift the cost of infrastructure onto the “parties that use or benefit from them”. The charge is a partial recovery cost for nbn™ for providing telecommunications infrastructure in new development areas.
What does this mean for me?
If you are not in a new development or “greenfield” area where Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is being rolled out, the charges should not have any impact on you (there will be some minor exceptions we will explain further down). If you are in a greenfield or new development area, as determined by nbn™, and want to get connected to the nbn™ network, then the $300 fee will apply.
As the nbn™ experts, iiNet will always endeavour to keep customers informed of any changes to the provision of the superfast nbn™ network and work with customers to provide the best possible outcomes.
Who does this affect?
The New Development charge will apply to:
To see where your exact location stands in the nbn™ rollout process, check out the nbn™ Coverage Checker. This will let you pinpoint exactly where sites have been built or are in stages of preparation or construction. Make sure to register your interest on the nbn™ Wait List and check out iinet’s nbn™ plans to be ready to roll when the nbn™ hits your neighbourhood.