With internet service providers (ISPs) in the lead of the telecommunications sector, there is growing pressure on ISPs to reduce their losses, especially as the cost of hosting websites continues to rise.
The Government is expected to announce plans for a new Internet service pricing regime on Tuesday, which will include a $10 per month “discount” on any web hosting bill, but will not include any internet hosting service from other providers.
Under the proposed pricing regime, customers who already pay $10 a month for web hosting services will be charged $10 for every new customer they add to their bill.
The new fee will apply to internet service provider (ISP) charges for the first month and then apply to subsequent billing cycles, although the ISP will be free to charge other prices.
Internet service providers will also be charged a $5 per month premium for the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) from outside the ISP network.
This premium will also apply to the use or use of third-party VPN services.
Under existing legislation, ISPs must only charge customers for the cost they pay to deliver their websites, and there is no such obligation for the costs of hosting web sites themselves.
The $10 discount will apply only to the first two months of the plan, and will be available to new customers.
This is the same discount that has been offered by other Australian ISPs for the last few years.
Under this new pricing scheme, internet service customers will not pay for the “bundle” of services they receive, but rather the cost per page viewed, the total number of visits to the site and the amount of data they use.
The existing $10 premium will continue for the entire plan, but customers will pay a $1 per month surcharge to offset the cost for the bundle.
The price of a single page of a web page will be discounted by $1, and the cost to view the entire site is discounted by half.
However, a single visit to a website can cost up to $30 and the data usage can be up to 10GB.
This will include any “bundled services” such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and the like.
The new scheme also allows ISPs to offer more discounts on top of the current $10/month discount for the second month, which is a significant improvement over the previous scheme.
The change also gives ISPs a further two months to adjust to the new pricing regime.
This time the Government will be able to adjust the price to reflect the new price of the web hosting service, but there is currently no clear timeframe for that.
Internet provider billing will continue to be subject to a cap on data charges, which has been criticised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
However, the ACMA has previously said that the cap has not been set in place for a number of reasons, including the fact that ISPs could change the amount they charge over time.
The cost of running an ISP’s web hosting business will also remain the same for the next three years.
The proposed pricing scheme will also affect online gaming providers.
However it is unclear whether any internet gaming companies will benefit from the new scheme, given that the Government is set to propose changes to the current gaming regulations that could make it harder for ISPs to provide internet gaming services.
The ACCC has also been concerned about the effect the new plan will have on Australian internet users, who have long complained about slow or non-existent speeds.
The government has said that its proposed internet service pricing scheme would not affect their access to the internet.
However, the Federal Government has indicated that it intends to introduce new rules on broadband speeds for some households, including in urban areas.
This is expected on Tuesday.