Last April NBNCo chief Bill Morrow floated the idea that a levy should be charged to infrastructure competitors to subsidise the cost of broadband delivery to regional Australia. Last month Malcolm Turnbull said he thought it was a good idea.
This week on CrossTalk we look at the idea and other ways to meet the cost of regional coverage, including a broader industry levy, auctioning of access rights or moving the expense onto the federal budget.
The pros and cons are discussed with:
Prof. Stephen King, Professor of Economics at Monash University
David Havyatt, former Special Adviser to Senator Stephen Conroy
Dean Lockwood, Director at Telco7
Andrew Franz, engineer, project manager and software developer