Tony Abbott’s Coalition came to government with a comprehensive IT policy. Is it a core or a non-core promise?
OPINION. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. You can bet Malcolm Turnbull is hopping mad. And Tony Abbott’s not happy either over the last miniute Internet filtering debacle. But it's their own fault. Back flip with triple turn and pike.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy Anthony Albanese and Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy Kate Lundy have taken aim at the Coalition's newly-announced ICT policy, saying the Coalition "still have no plan for our digital future."
The Federal Opposition has been demanding for years that a cost-benefit study to be undertaken for the National Broadband Network. So if it wins power at the upcoming election we can rightfully expect it to initiate such a study post-haste. In which case it might find a new report from the OECD useful.
The Federal Opposition says it will soon announce its new NBN policy. But in the meantime it has leaked many of the details to sympathetic media.
Communications minister Stephen Conroy has told Channel Ten that about 30 percent of the NBN, including the entire satellite and wireless components, would survive a Coalition election victory, so long as a Coalition Government honoured existing contracts.
COMMENT - New communications minister Malcolm Turnbull may have got more than the pro-NBN faction in the Australian telecoms industry offside by suggesting that the access regime under which Telstra has operated since 1997 is working.
With exquisite timing prime minister Julia Gillard has 'announced' an 'upgrade' to the capabilities of the NBN saying it will deliver not 100Mbps but 1Gbps to subscribers. The reality is it has been able to do that all along. NBN Co has simply clarified its rules.
Electronic Frontiers Australia has welcomed the bundle of Internet protection measures announced the Coalition as being superior to both the ALP's heavy handed censorship plans and to former Howard Government policy, but has questioned whether the problems merit the $100m budget allocated.
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