If you live in a major city, you may have noticed a sharp dip in internet speeds and other services.
The government has made a series of policy announcements over the past year aimed at bringing broadband speeds back to levels seen before the NBN was rolled out in 2014.
Here are five things to keep in mind.
What’s in the deal?
Spectrum internet deals allow internet providers to offer services with varying speeds, at prices that are competitive with traditional fibre-optic networks.
These deals are usually set to expire after a certain period, meaning you can’t buy a new licence if you already have one.
Spectrum internet is cheaper than fibre-to-the-node, but not nearly as fast as the speeds you get from fibre-based networks.
What do the UK government and the telcos say about the deal that the industry has hailed as the next big thing?
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said that it supports the government’s commitment to re-regulate the broadband market, which will give customers access to speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.
However, it also said it would support a “faster, cheaper, more reliable and flexible” broadband system if the government allowed it to go ahead with the deals.
This would be an all-out re-regulation of the market, and it is widely expected that this would be achieved through legislation that is likely to be passed by Parliament this year.
The regulator said it could not comment on specific details of the deal because it is “still in negotiations”.
It also pointed out that the government had “stalled” the re-opening of the auction for the spectrum, which is the last phase of the spectrum auctions that will last until the end of 2019.
Who’s in charge of the new deal?
It will be overseen by the Communications and Markets Committee (CMAC), which will also be responsible for approving the deal.
The committee will be led by former telco regulator Ed Vaizey, who previously oversaw the auction.
What happens now?
The telecoms industry says it wants a clear set of rules to ensure consumers have access to a high-quality service.
The companies that are part of the consortium that owns spectrum will have to sign off on the changes, but the government is still expected to be in the driver’s seat.
It will then look to amend the regulations, which could include a requirement that customers have the same speeds at the same time.
It’s not clear whether the government will allow a wholesale roll-out of fibre-fibre, as it has been advocating for for the past two years.
The deal has also been met with criticism from some Labour Party members, who have accused the government of playing politics with the NBN, with the current deal being seen as an example of how the Conservatives are trying to renege on the Coalition’s pledge to build a faster NBN.
What is the NBN?
The Coalition announced the National Broadband Network in December 2016, promising to deliver a 1,400 megabit per minute (Mbps) connection in each residential home by 2020.
The rollout is currently scheduled to begin in 2020, but it is expected to take another three years to complete.
It is also estimated to cost $13 billion.
The new government has said it is considering plans to roll out fibre-coaxial, fibre-ultra-fast and fibre-broadband in the same timeframe.
If this plan goes ahead, the price of the NBN will go up by an average of 10 per cent a year.
What does the deal mean for the rest of the country?
The deal will be good for consumers, but also for telcos, which have been fighting for the future of their business, and are keen to retain their existing customers.
It means that many more of us will be able to access high-speed internet at affordable prices.
However it could also mean that the price for the internet will increase more rapidly than expected for those who currently pay less.
In a report published by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the Communications Alliance warned that the deal would put pressure on the market for broadband service in the UK, as consumers pay more for internet access than they would otherwise.
The organisation says that in 2017-18, people in the three largest urban areas of London, Manchester and Sydney paid more than $7,000 a year for internet service, with those in the capital paying nearly $20,000.
What should you do if you live near a high speed connection?
Here are some tips for dealing with a slow connection.
Don’t forget your speed test: You can check the speed you’re receiving on your local NBN company’s website or in a broadband test app such as MyFibre.com.
If you’re on a fixed line, it’s important to take the test, as this will give you a sense of the speed of your connection.
If your internet connection is slow or unresponsive, you can try using a VPN.
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