JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 3658
Friday, 01 October 2010 12:31

Rowland: A telco expert enters Parliament


In a week in which the National Broadband Network has been a core issue debated in the Federal Parliament, a maiden speech has revealed that another tech-centric member has joined the House of Representatives.

Michelle Rowland is the newly-elected Member for Greenway in Sydney's west. She grew up in the electorate, was educated at Lalor Park and Parramatta before studying law and embarking on a ten year career at Gilbert and Tobin in Sydney, where she specialised in telecommunications regulation, competition, privacy and broadcasting laws.

Another voice in committees and on the floor that is technology literate and attune to consumer and business needs is a good thing for the sector.

Gilbert and Tobin has a strong telecommunications practice, and Ms Rowland practiced widely, both in Australia and overseas. She credits her law career with nurturing a personal belief in the power of information technology to deliver just social outcomes.

Projects she worked on with the firm included the design of the regulatory environment for the high-speed broadband network in Malaysia; improving telecommunications access in remote areas of Cambodia; working in Ramallah to help establish an independent regulator and promote investment in the sector; universal service delivery in rural Sri Lanka; and infrastructure development for underserved regions of China.

It should be no surprise that Ms Rowland is a big fan of the National Broadband Network and spent about a third of her maiden address to the Parliament highlighting the down stream benefits of the infrastructure as a catalyst for economic and social change.

As a former regulatory lawyer, she says the NBN debate has often overlooked the "fundamental infrastructure reform" the network represents.

"Let us be clear: the wholesale only, open access infrastructure of the NBN will transform the very structure of the telco sector," Mr Rowland said.

"By separating the network layer from the services layer, the NBN will facilitate effective competition and choice for all Australians, regardless of where they live or work. It will do this by treating the network'”the ducts, the poles, the fibre cables and the electronics that constitute the NBN'”as it should be: a national piece of utility infrastructure."

"In 10 or 20 years our children will look back on the current debate about the NBN and will be shocked by the short-sightedness of some of the views expressed about the NBN today, particularly the commentary that is fixated on the download path: the false assumption that the NBN is merely a matter of faster emails or web-surfing. The reality is the NBN is not about the download. It is all about the upload."

"The need for a nation to invest in a truly national broadband network is no longer the exception; it is the rule. Other countries, both within our region and beyond, understand the importance of high-speed broadband for economic growth. They understand the technical limitations of copper and wireless networks and the critical role of national government in making high-speed broadband a reality."

Ms Rowland will be a fierce advocate for the National Broadband Network and says she will press to have Greenway - particularly Riverstone and its surrounding areas - as the site of the first metro roll-out in Sydney.

This is good news for western Sydney generally. A passionate and informed voice who can represent the interests of the under-served areas of Australia's most populous city.


Read 17531 times

Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here


If you're looking at enabling Microsoft Teams for your contact centre, you should bookmark this webinar.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

Our panellists from Whangarei District Council (NZ) and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (Aus) were closely involved in recent projects to enable Microsoft Teams for their own contact centres.

They have kindly agreed to join Enghouse and Microsoft to talk about some of the things they would recommend as most critical for IT and CX professionals planning a Teams Contact Centre migration.

Date: 11 May 2022
Time: 12pm AEST | 2pm NZST | 10am SGT

We look forward to having you join us. Please click the button below to register.



The past year has seen a meteoric rise in ransomware incidents worldwide.

Over the past 12 months, SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers have diligently tracked the meteoric rise in cyberattacks, as well as trends and activity across all threat vectors, including:

Encrypted threats
IoT malware
Zero-day attacks and more

These exclusive findings are now available via the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, which ensures SMBs, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations have the actionable threat intelligence needed to combat the rising tide of cybercrime.

Click the button below to get the report.



It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinars and campaigns and assistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.



Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous