Today is the day the long-awaited IT Pricing Inquiry handed down its findings to Parliament, and those findings were clear: we are being screwed.
IT companies are “reluctant” to discuss their pricing, “even after direct request”, reported Paul Neville, Deputy Chair on the Inquiry’s Committee.
“We’re not going to accept that and we expect a better level of commitment from the industry.”
The Committee has the power of subpoena to compel companies to explain themselves, and Neville expressed his belief that they would be exercising it in the near future. Describing artificially-inflated AU prices and geoblocking as “unacceptable”, Neville claims it was time to take a firm stand on pricing disparity. Hopefully we’ll see some results — or at least some spectacular court drama — sooner rather than later.
Source: Kotaku AU (thanks, PalZer0)