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  • NBN worried about the cost of USO changes

    NBN has reiterated its concerns about the potential costs involved in any changes to Australia’s telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO or TUSO) scheme that could leave the network operator ­responsible for delivering voice services in remote areas.

  • Time to ditch the USO, Productivity Commission says

    The current Universal Service Obligation under which Telstra receives a subsidy to ensure every Australian has access to basic telephony services is “anachronistic and needs to change,” argues a draft report released by the Productivity Commission.

  • Telstra calls for USO to be retained — for now

    Telstra believes that given changes in communications technology employed by Australians the Universal Service Obligation (USO) should be updated; however the USO itself should be kept, at least until the rollout of the National Broadband Network is completed.

  • Productivity Commission seeks input on regional telecoms subsidy

    The Productivity Commission (PC) has begun seeking input on the future of the Universal Service Obligation (USO): A subsidy intended to ensure that Australians in remote areas have access to a basic landline telephone service (a Standard Telephone Service, or STS) and payphones.

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