Wired Brown Land: The podcast

Wired Brown Land: The podcast

Summary: Paul Fletcher has seen two sides of the telecommunications industry. First as an advisor to Senator Alston, the communications minister under the Howard Government, then he headed Regulatory Affairs for Optus. So what insights can he provide on the industry over the last decade?

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Paul Fletcher has seen two sides of the telecommunications industry. First as an advisor to Senator Alston, the communications minister under the Howard Government, then he headed Regulatory Affairs for Optus. So what insights can he provide on the industry over the last decade?

Fletcher has shared many of them in his book, launched this week, called Wired Brown land? Telstra's Battle for Broadband.

In today's Twisted Wire Phil Dobbie talks to Paul Fletcher about his experiences in the industry. Does the government really understand the industry? Was the full sale of Telstra a mistake? Has Telstra really held the industry back? Has the Rudd Government got it right with its latest approach to the National Broadband Network?

It's a half-hour summary of the last 10 years in Telco-land. A decade where politics and telecommunications became inextricably linked. Listen to the podcast, buy the book, then wait for the movie. But who plays Phil Burgess and who plays Sol Trujillo?

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

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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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  • Two sides of the industry?

    "My enemy's enemy is my friend," as the saying goes.

    Advisor to the Howard gov't and Optus executive both sound like the same (anti-Telstra) side to me.
    anonymous