Broadband hearing unplugged (day 2)

Broadband hearing unplugged (day 2)

Summary: The second day of hearings last week (4 March) for the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.


Last week a number of telecommunications industry heavyweights fronted up to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.

You can find our overview of the first day (3 March) of hearings in Sydney here. This podcast documents the second day, 4 March, which was held in Canberra.

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

Special guest appearances by:

  • Peter McCarthy-Ward, BT
  • Roger Sharp, Australian Industry Group
  • Kevin Morgan
  • Art Price, Axia
  • Scott Marcus, WIK Consulting
  • Dermox Cox, C-Cor
  • Colin Lyons, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

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

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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  • RSS / Podcast

    Can you PLEASE fix the RSS so that the poodcasts work in iTunes. Also please add the 2 missing ones, on the NBN hearings.

    ITunes reports a "!" (ie the RSS is broken) and even in their store the NBN podcasts are missing. The normal shows can be downloaded from the iTunes store, but not automatically.
  • Great Mashup

    I found these (and your other podcasts) brilliant.

    Interesting the comments about using the HFC networks - I look forward to your take on Telstra's 100Mbps cable upgrade.

    If only Telstra would spin off their existing passive monopoly assets - like their copper, ducts, and exchange buildings - into a 90% (for starters) Telstra owned "Telecom". Regulate Telecom and let it rent it's copper (ULL) to all the EXISTING (& future) dslam/msan providers like Optus, iiNet, Internode, Primus, AND TELSTRA.

    Level the playing field. Merge Telecom with the NBN plans. Could we then let Telstra & Optus do absolutely anything they want with their HFC & Mobile networks?
  • Best Reporting i'v seen

    G'day, this blog contains some of the best reporting on telecommunications i'v seen.
    you ability to condense what would otherwise be a boring recording that i wouldn't listen to into an interesting (and shorter) report is brilliant.
    Please keep this style of reporting (and interesting comments) up.

    About the NBN i dont really have anything to add that hasn't already been discussed . However i'm not sure how FTTN can help people in my situation who even tho they have adsl2+ can only connect at 4 mbps due to poor copper conenction.

    Telco's please stop investing in tech that doesn't deliver guaranteed speed!