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Regional push from Telstra

WITHIN a few years there will be more wireless systems connected to the Internet than there are PCs in the world, according to Telstra.

Both mobile telephones and Internet services have changed the very fabric of our society and within a short time they will combine to make the next quantum leap, Internet on the move.

With that in mind, Telstra has bowed to public campaigning for affordable Internet access for regional and rural Australians.

Last month Telstra announced that regional Australians would, like city dwellers, have access to the Internet through Big Pond’s Home Essential Plan, which would give them a flat monthly Internet access rate of $24.95 and a fixed phone call charge.

Satellite also would be “more affordable” with a service combining Internet and satellite charges in one package.

The announcement is one of a series of initiatives to make Internet more affordable for non-metropolitan people.

The dial-up access is charged at the rate of a local call.

There is a 300 MB download limit within the cost with 20 cents charged for every extra megabyte.

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