[LINK] Digital television switchover discussion paper

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Thu Jun 5 00:22:12 AEST 2008

Media Release

Digital television switchover discussion paper

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, 
Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced the release of a discussion paper 
covering a legislative framework for the digital television switchover.

“The discussion paper proposes legislative amendments required to develop 
a phased, region-by-region timetable to deliver the switchover to digital 
television,” Senator Conroy said.

“Providing greater flexibility in the legislation is an important factor 
in implementing a switchover timetable that addresses the various issues 
affecting digital switchover in Australia.”

“This is another strong step towards meeting the Government's election 
commitment to achieve digital television switchover by the end of 2013,” 
Senator Conroy said.

The discussion paper canvasses options as to how a switchover timetable 
should be implemented and managed to ensure Australia meets the 31 
December 2013 digital switchover deadline.

The details of the switchover timetable are subject to continuing 
consultations between the Digital Switchover Taskforce, the Australian 
Communications and Media Authority and relevant stakeholders through the 
Industry Advisory Group.

Submissions to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital 
Economy are due by 4 July 2008. The discussion paper is available on the 
Department's website at  www.dbcde.gov.au.

Date: 4 June 2008
Contact: Tim Marshall 0408 258 457



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