During a tense Senate hearing in Canberra Senator Ian McDonald questioned why NBN Co needed government relations officer Mike Kaiser when NBN Co was the government.
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The five National Broadband Network first release sites are due to commence construction by July; however, in a sign of the complexities that lay ahead, NBN Co is still determining how it should issue tenders for the project.
Almost every telecommunications network equipment supplier for the National Broadband Network, from the Far East to the Scandinavian Mountains, has been or alleged to have been connected with spying, fraud or plain-vanilla bribery.
While Optus and Telstra have slammed Australia's proposed NBN legislation, fearing it could allow NBN Co to sell retail services, an independent review set up by the Howard Government this week gave a thumbs up to the National Broadband Network for regional Australia.
Would-be NBN Tasmania joint-owner Aurora Energy has completed an upgrade to its own TasGovNet fibre-optic backbone, used to supply services to key towns in the state.
As first reported on ZDNet.com.au, NBN Co has selected Oracle as its lead software provider, adding IBM for infrastructure hosting and Accenture for implementation and support.
Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy has hit back at Liberal communications spokesperson Tony Smith who yesterday claimed Conroy would "burn at the stake" anyone who doubted the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has hand-picked NBN Co's new chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia director Harrison Young, who has also been top dog at Morgan Stanley's Asian arm.
Telstra has said there remains a "significant gap" between what NBN Co and Telstra believe its assets are worth.
The Department of Education and Training's chief information officer Stephen Wilson said he wants the department's 4500 kilometres of fibre to become part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).