[LINK] Regional Telecomms Hearings
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Sep 24 08:31:23 AEST 2011
There's an ad in at least the SMH today, calling for Submissions to
the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee.
I was surprised to find that there was no apparent mention of it on
link (and hardly any on iamems either).
Issues Paper (2MB of PDF):
The alternative is 1.7MB of RTF, which is good in a standards sense,
but maybe not so good if anyone's still on an effective, say, 128Kbps.
3 of the 18 regional consultations have already happened:
But if there have been similar processes twice before (2002, 2008),
maybe people don't think much will come of it?
The 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Review seeks to build upon
the progress achieved since the 2008 review. In doing so, the
Minister has asked the committee to have particular regard for the
opportunities that the NBN creates for the emerging digital economy
to improve the delivery of:
> health and education outcomes
> business efficiencies and opportunities
> growth in local economies
> government services and programs, including local government services
The committee is also interested in other telecommunications issues
that are important to
regional, rural and remote communities. These include:
> the communications needs of Indigenous Australians, particularly
those that live in rural and
> developments in the terrestrial and satellite mobile phone sector
> the consumer concerns of people and businesses in regional, rural
and remote Australia.
The committee's approach to the 2011-12 RTR is to take a snapshot of
current service availability in
different areas and to look to the future to identify what further
steps are needed for regional Australia to progressively take
advantage of improved broadband services, including those which will
become available as the NBN is deployed.
The committee is keen to learn from the experiences of consumers,
businesses, agencies and organisations using telecommunications
services in regional Australia.
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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