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This morning Rococo Liberal suggested that the government should finance the ABC by a television licence fee. Well government have uped the ante. People in rural areas will have to pay $300, or more, to watch free to air television.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today confirmed the government would spend $40 million a year over the next four years to roll out the new digital television service for viewers in regional blackspots.

He hailed the decision as dramatically improving services in the bush and ensuring regional viewers have access to the same services as those in the city.

But any regional households not able to receive digital television from upgraded self-help sites will be served by the new satellite and will need to install a satellite dish.

Eligible householders will secure a $300 subsidy to the $600 cost, leaving them with a $300 bill.

Those not eligible will need to pay $600.

The changeover from analogue to digital in regional areas including Mildura, Broken Hill, Mt Gambier and the Riverland will commence from July 1, leaving families that fail to upgrade without television.

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Written by Sinclair Davidson

January 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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