Broadband hearing unplugged (day 1)

Broadband hearing unplugged (day 1)

Summary: Earlier this week (Tuesday 3 March) a number of telecommunications industry heavyweights fronted up to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.


Earlier this week (Tuesday 3 March) a number of telecommunications industry heavyweights fronted up to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.

The Select Committee will report by 30 March on the government's NBN proposal and the implications for the consumer.

The first hearing was held in Sydney. As you'd expect with the line-up, there's a fair amount of Telstra-bashing. Optus says Telstra had its chance and blew it. Primus says it's slow to deliver wholesale services.

Austar says it charges too much for regional backhaul. A lot of attention for a company that isn't even in the bidding process, but Paul Budde hopes there wil be a love-in that will see Telstra brought back to the table.

It's clear that Telstra will have to be involved in the solution in some shape or form, yet the company says it hasn't heard from anyone in government since its application was rejected.

In this program, hear a day's debate cut down to a manageable 40 minutes or so, with special guest appearances by:

  • Andrew Connor, Digital Tasmania
  • Dr Walter Green, Communications Experts Group
  • Dr Ross Kelso
  • Maha Krishnapillai, director of government and corporate affairs, Optus
  • John Horan, general counsel, Primus Telecom
  • Deanne Weir, group director corporate development and legal affairs, Austar
  • Paul Budde, Paul Budde Communication
  • Ed Willett, Commissioner, ACCC
  • David Quilty, group MD public policy and communications, Telstra
  • Dr Tony Warren, executive director, regulatory affairs, Telstra

Thanks to the folks at Hansard for getting the audio track over to us.

Next week, the fun continues. This time in Canberra, where we hear from BT, the Australian Industry Group, Kevin Morgan, Axia and others.

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government AU, Telcos, Optus, Telstra, NBN


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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  • Broadband Hearing audio clips

    Thank you to ZDNET and the Hansard people for a well produced summary of the Hearing. The audio of people making their points gives added meaning to the words if they were just printed.
    Your editing and your intelligent linking together of the clips was brilliant.
  • Conflict of interest.

    And I do hope that Senator Kate Lundy will excuse herself from any Senate Select Committee participation considering her husband, David Forman, leader of a group that is trying to promote itself for inclusion in the $4.7 billion Government gift for NBN.
  • Ahh Telstra bashing

    If they didn't make it so easy it could almost be fun.
  • Our future

    Brilliant - thanks zdnet.
    Your commentary is so spot on.
    Looking forward to tomorrow ...
  • Why?

    ROFL!, Sydney!

    Pot - Kettle - Black!

    Felling a little left out now that Telstra is actually pursuing all that it threatened to pursue if the NBN didn't go its way? BTW, how's that endeavor going for Telstra? lol!
  • Whats the technology producing 100MB over copper?

    Anyone know who has developed the new technology delivering 100MBs over the copper network?
  • @Why?

    ROFL!, Anonymous!

    Telstra said they would and are, unlike Terria who said they would - and you believed them, ROFL - and aren't.

    I find it strange with all the 'unbiased posters here', that Terria's promises, which were nothing but complete lies from day one, have gone pretty well unmentioned here by all you 'experts'.
  • Life in Telstra's copper yet!!

    Looks like there is still plenty of potental here...
  • re Sydney's conflict of interest

    Senator Kate Lundy has every right to participate in a Senate Committee, regardless of whether or not her husband is called as a witness. She states at the beginning of every hearing that he has been called as a witness to that she is married to him. I'm not 100% but I'm pretty sure she doesn't ask any questions when he is a witness, to avoid comments like the one you just made. Does that mean that Julia Gillard shouldn't be allowed to have anything to do with Men's Health now?? NWAT has already had a field day with this, she responded to their allegations and that's that.