SCOTTSDALE computer technician Michael Brian-Courtney has attacked the suggestion there is a cost involved in connecting to the National Broadband Network as "deliberate misinformation".
In a letter to the August 7 edition of Dorset's North Eastern Advertiser, Bass Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic wrote that he had been contacted by numerous people from Dorset, unhappy with their NBN roll-out experiences and some surprised by the big discounts being offered to customers, encouraging them to connect.
Mr Nikolic then wrote: "Yet for months now Labor politicians in Tasmania have been placing taxpayer-funded advertisements, claiming that under their policy connection to the NBN is free".
"How is it possible to get a discount on something that is allegedly free?" Mr Nikolic asked, rhetorically.
But Mr Brian-Courtney said the discounts and NBN connection were two separate issues.
"Is installation of the NBN free? Yes," Mr Brian-Courtney said.
"Is connection to the internet free? No.
"This has always been the case, whether connection has been through dial-up, ADSL, satellite or 3G-4G services."
Mr Brian-Courtney told ABC Television last week that he moved to Scottsdale from Western Australia because he was attracted by NBN access, the fishing potential and great motorcycling roads.
"Some of my [West Australian] customers are yet to realise that I'm not in WA, because I can deliver as much support to them [as before] - exactly what I was doing in WA," he said.