Senate Select finds Tassie is in the dark

Summary:Next month the Senate Select Committee on the NBN will table its final report. It will reflect the views of 100 or so submitted documents and a series of public hearings.

Next month the Senate Select Committee on the NBN will table its final report. It will reflect the views of 100 or so submitted documents and a series of public hearings.

Today on Twisted Wire the views from Tasmania in the final public hearing held in Hobart on 8 October. You'll hear from:

  • Andrew Connor from Digital Tasmania who suggests the NBN should be funded by the taxpayer;
  • Darren Alexander, the president of TasICT who is concerned about the lack of public consultation in the whole process;
  • Andrew Scobie from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry who seems to confuse everyone on whether he is for or against the NBN;
  • Allan Garcia from the Local Government Association of Tasmania who suggests that overhead cables might not be a bad thing;
  • David Ball from Intelsat, who says satellites have a lot to offer, as long as it's not raining; and
  • Bill Costen and Sue Charles from Sorell Council, who seem to be in the dark about plans for the NBN in their area, even though they're included as a pilot area.

Read the full transcript of the day here.

For more on the NBN in Tasmania listen to the past editions of Twisted Wire on 13 August and 23 July.

Next week on Twisted Wire, we delve into that leaked document from the ACCC on legislative change in the telco industry. We'll also look into this week's report from the Senate Standing Committee Inquiry on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 — you know, the law that would see Telstra split in half.

Topics: Broadband, NBN

About

Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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