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