[LINK] Telstra spits dummy again

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Wed Nov 5 12:18:49 AEDT 2008

(W)anchors aweigh:
> Telstra is at the centre of a new storm amid allegations that it pulled out of tomorrow’s NBN debate after a failed last-minute attempt to oust the Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC) and Paul Budde from the Broadband World conference program.
> both Foreman and telco analyst Paul Budde were independently contacted by conference organisers, Terrapinn, following Telstra’s last-minute demands.
> Budde, however, had agreed to stand aside ‘to be replaced by a Telstra nominee’.
> “The conference organisers tried to find a way to accommodate Telstra’s demands, and the CCC applauds Terrapinn for taking the position that it would be ethically wrong to force the CCC to step aside, even if it is commercially difficult to say no to an organisation with Telstra’s financial muscle,” said Foreman.
> Terrapinn this morning confirmed to iTnews that Telstra has officially pulled out of the event.

A Telstra spokesperson is reported to have responded, inter alia:
> the inability to reach agreement on a fair and balanced panel meant that regrettably Telstra was no longer in a position to participate

David Boxall                    |  All that is required
                                 |  for evil to prevail is
                                 |  for good men to do nothing.
                                 |     -- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

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