The federal government today said it was
considering legal action as it attempted to recover debts owed by
Internet service provider (ISP) BushCom.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the Department of
Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) said
BushCom had been selling services subsidised by the government's
Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).
"BushCom was deregistered in early December 2005 after adverse
independent audit findings indicated that it had not been
providing HiBIS services in accordance with its HiBIS funding
agreement with the Australian government," said DCITA.
"BushCom has entered into liquidation. The Australian
government is actively considering all legal avenues in response
to these circumstances."
DCITA said it had been advised in March 2006 that BushCom had
been purchased by Commercial Capital Pty Ltd.
The department further said it would set up a hotline for
affected customers and would endeavour to facilitate replacement
Internet connections with an alternative subsidised provider.
That hotline, operational during business hours (Eastern
Standard Time), is 1800 883 488.