By Garth Morrison Editor GoSeeAustralia and GoSee New Zealand
Imparja Television will now charge to reconnect satellite TV decoder cards. Australian travellers get another kick in the hip pocket and;
the Rudd government and AMCA seem tobe bent on free-to-air being a paid service.
A response from Senator Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is now in Users Letters and Opinions - 3rd option on the left ofthe GoSeeHome Page.
Imparja told GoSeeAustralia that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has agreed to them charging and administration fee of $55 to process free satellite TV decoder connection for 12 months for Australian travellers and the black spots in Imparja's 6 million square kilometre licenced service area.
If the satellite card connection drops out (and it often does as travellers do not use their equipment all the time) a further $33 administration fee will be charged to reconnect each time.
GoSee believes its good for Imparja but another kick in the hip pocket for Australian travellers.
GoSee is concerned that the ACMA's move to allow Imparja to charge satellite decoder card reconnection administration fees mean that all free TV channels will become paid services.
GoSee understood that the government undertaking was that there would always be a free-to-air component for Australians which would always have quality elements.
Before the ACMA agreed to an Aministration fee being charged Imparja told GoSee that they had stopped renewal of satellite decoder cards from October 1 because of lack of resources and funds.
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