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Displaying items by tag: Telecommunications Policy

The Australian Government has called for further submissions on its proposed policy update designed to improve the delivery of telecommunications in new developments.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The joint Government and industry-funded Universal Service Obligation (USO), designed to provide a minimum standard of telecoms services to regional and rural Australia, should be shifted from fixed line carriers - mainly Telstra - to the mobile operators, according to a new Federal Government funded report.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

The first ever Australian national infrastructure audit has forecast that telecommunications services will outpace GDP growth and contribute $42 billion to the Australian economy by 2031, double the figure in 2011.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

2GB's chief shock-jock Alan Jones this morning had a golden opportunity to grill opposition leader Tony Abbott on the Coalition's alternatives to the National Broadband Network, but he made not the slightest attempt to pursue it.

Published in Cornered!
Monday, 30 November 2009 14:16

To improve NZ's standard of living: scrap its NBN

A New Zealand Government task force set up to recommend ways to close the income gap between NZ and Australia has launched a stinging attack on the Government's plans to fund a widespread fibre to the home network.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Failure of the telecoms reform bill to get through Parliament has given Telstra a window of opportunity to wring from the Government more favourable terms in return for its involvement in the NBN.

Published in Cornered!
Australia’s federal government has come out with an offer that Australia’s dominant and supposedly independent telco, Telstra, seemingly cannot refuse: structurally separate the company or the government will do it for you.

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 10:33

Structural Separation: Conroy's second big surprise

The legislation announced today by communications minister Stephen Conroy goes further than most of the industry had expected "I keep checking that the date isn't 1st April" one CE commented). It's the second big surprise the minister has pulled out of the hat this year.

Published in Cornered!
The new consumers telecommunications body, ACCAN is proposing to expand its scope to cover broadcasting and to demand legislation requiring that the government formally respond when presented with evidence of systemic failures in the telecoms and broadcasting markets. Also on the table is a proposal that it lobby for "The abandonment or reform of self-regulation to a best practice system that better delivers consumer outcomes, and is more technology neutral."

Published in Strategy
In a colourful speech today, Allan Asher, the new CEO of the Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN) has given telco service providers a tongue lashing. He warned that they risk having their reputations publicly questioned in the media by the new telecoms consumer peak body if they don't pick up their game.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Communications minister Stephen Conroy has issued draft guidelines for the Government's "$60 million" Digital Regions Initiative, and they indicate funding will be only $53.4m. A spokesman for the minister said that $6.6m had been set aside to cover administration and running costs for the four years of the programme.

Published in Strategy
Late last year Australia's communications minister, Stephen Conroy promised to release, in 2009, a Digital Economy Future Directions. He has now promised this in the next few weeks, and given a foretaste of what it will contain.

Published in Strategy
With the benefit of 40 years in telecoms engineering, management and consulting Ross Kelso brings an informed and independent perspective to the debate around Australia's National Broadband Networks and his submission to the Government's review of the regulatory environment has some interesting ideas.

Published in Strategy
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman, Graeme Samuel, seemingly stopped short of calling for the structural separation of Telstra in his speech to the ATUG 2009 Regional Conference in Canberra last week. However, Samuel's thinly veiled address left little doubt that the physical break up of Telstra is what the regulator unequivocally wants.

Published in Beerfiles
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 09:03

Pssst'¦ wanna job? NBN is recruiting a CEO

Following the incorporation of the state-owned NBN Company last week, a CEO is now required.

Just two weeks to the day after attacking the federal government for overlooking the ICT industry as a critical source of economic stimulus and growth for Australia’s economy, the ACS has joined the chorus of those welcoming the government’s NBN decision but with a cautionary reminder that it’s by no means all of what’s needed to kick along Australia’s digital economy.
Published in Deals
Those old enough remember the days when Telstra and Australia Post were one combined Federal Government authority called the PMG (Postmaster General). Under the control of the Government, the PMG built up the core of the extensive national communications infrastructure we have today. The $43 billion FTTH National Broadband Network is a welcome return to those days.

Published in Beerfiles
Tuesday, 07 April 2009 09:25

Welcome mat out for NBN from Telstra and CCC

Telstra and its old adversary, the Competitive Carriers’ Coalition have both ‘welcomed’ the government’s decision on the national broadband network (NBN) – but, it’s probably just the start of the next round of sniping between these two muscled up fighters.
Published in Strategy
The Government has foreshadowed the biggest reform of telecommunications regulation in more than a decade as part of its revised plans for the national broadband network, and has set out a series of radical proposals in a discussion paper.

Published in Strategy
Thursday, 12 March 2009 02:19

The dark side of AT&T's $US17b investment plans

Australians may look enviously at the USA where AT&T has just announced plans to expand its FTTN/H network to 30 million homes and to offer femtocells along with a host of other upgrades, but, according to one expert a series of regulatory failures has destroyed competition and left US telecoms consumers at the mercy of megacorporates like AT&T.

Published in Market
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