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  • 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.