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AT&s;T said Wednesday that it won.gov.au that its Mountain fiber service would not be sold to customers that have already paid.
The telco said customers who have paid $30 for the service can upgrade to $40.
“You can’t simply upgrade to the $50 plan and pay $30 more for a different product,” said Jeff Fisher, AT&ts senior vice president of customer experience.
The Mountain Fiber offer comes as Australia’s government is investigating whether Google is abusing its dominant position in the country’s broadband market.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has asked Google and other internet giants to respond to the regulator’s complaints, with a deadline of April 12.
Google and other tech companies said they were working with the commission to address the concerns, but did not provide any details.
Google is under fire for using its monopoly power to throttle competition.
In an article for TechCrunch, Fisher said that Google would not sell the Mountain Fiber to customers without paying.
“It’s not a fair way to market your product to a large number of customers,” he said.
“And it’s also not an equitable way to do that to consumers in Australia.”
The Mountain fiber was originally a part of AT&s NextBroadband package, but the telco’s move to drop the bundle was met with backlash by customers, many of whom have spent years on the expensive service.
The deal with Google, however, has been met with some backlash as well.
AT&t and NextBroadnet, the provider of Mountain Fiber, have both faced scrutiny in recent months.