in brief Victorian Premier John Brumby yesterday
announced the creation of a new broadband-focused institute at the
University of Melbourne, labelling it another reason why the
headquarters of the planned National Broadband Network company
should be in his state.
The so-called Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society will
utilise $50 million in funding and create 64 new jobs, Brumby said.
"This institute is another reason why Victoria is the natural home
of the NBN Corporation, along with Victoria's impressive reputation
in broadband-related research and development," he said in a
Minister for Information and Communication Technology John
Lenders said companies like Telstra, Cisco, Allied Telesis,
Microsoft, Ericsson, NEC Australia, Optus, Pacific Broadband
Networks, Haliplex, Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Laboratories had agreed
to participate in the institute. NICTA and the Centre for Ultra
Broadband Information Networks are the foundation partners in the
effort, along with the university.