Former Australian Telecommunications User Group (ATUG) managing director Rosemary Sinclair has been picked to head up the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced at the 2011 ACOMM Awards in Sydney last night.
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"I'm extremely pleased to announce that the new committee will be chaired by someone equally passionate about the importance of telecommunications services. In fact, she's well-known to many of you here," Conroy said of Sinclair, who stepped down from the ATUG MD role in April to take a position at the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales.
Joining Sinclair on the committee will be beef cattle producer, Warren McLachlan; University of Canberra adjunct professor Robin Eckermann; James Cook University law lecturer Heron Loban; former WA Minister for Agriculture and Food, Kim Chance; and former Telstra Country Wide infrastructure manager, Alun Davies.
"I'm very excited about this new committee. They bring a diverse breadth of experience, and share a passion for bringing about genuine improvements to telecommunications services in regional Australia. I look forward to the committee engaging with regional communities across Australia in the coming months," Conroy told the ACOMM Awards audience.
The committee will be tasked to report to government on the adequacy of telecommunications services for regional Australia, and the opportunities the roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) can offer. It will be seeking submissions from industry soon, and is expected to report to government by 5 March 2012.
The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee was first established in 2007. One of the last public appearances of the previous incarnation of the committee was at a parliamentary inquiry on the NBN, where the committee expressed disappointment that the fibre roll-out of the project was only extending to 93 per cent of premises. The committee suggested that some of the $400 million it had been allocated should go towards paying to extend the fibre reach to 100 per cent of the population.