All telcos and ISPs must make contributions to the Government, which the Government invests in things like rural infrastructure.
The industry expected the levy to decrease this year, but instead, the government extended it.
M2, our parent company, needs to pay $1.2m into this fund this year.
As a result, we have needed to change our prices – increasing them 95c on old plans for people out of contract.
We never like putting prices up – so sorry about this – but we need to cover our increased costs (and hey, we are all helping pay for rural infrastructure).