Australian Broadband Guarantee minimum speeds doubled

New standards for the ABG to improve Aussie broadband in broadband blackspots

The Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG), which helps households and small businesses access metro-comparable broadband speeds even if they live in broadband blackspots, is doubling its threshold speed nationwide. The ABG offers subsidies to Internet service provides registered with the program.

From July 1, the minimum broadband speeds will be doubled to one megabit per second (downloads) and 256 kilobits per second (uploads), with data allowance going up to 6GB per month, from the previous 3GB.

"Since the Rudd Government renewed funding for the ABG in 2008, fifty-nine thousand Australian households and small business premises have been assisted by the program," Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said in a statement. "After positive consultation with a number of satellite and wireless internet service providers, the Government will raise the minimum standard for services provided under the ABG."

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