The members are
- Desley Boyle the member for Cairns in the Queensland Parliament from 1998 to 2012.
- Keith Gomes, a director at Oracle Corporation who has held a range of senior management positions with KPMG, Singapore Telecom, Optus and IBM Australia.
- Cameron O'Reilly, CEO of Energy Retailers Association of Australia and chairman of Energy Assured.
- Nicole Rich, director, research and communications at Victoria Legal Aid.
- Rosemary Sinclair, director of external relations at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, chair of the Australian Government's Regional Telecommunications Inquiry Review Committee and former CEO of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG).
Peter Harris, secretary of DBCDE, will act as chairman for three months: a permanent chair will be announced shortly.
TUSMA will ensure that:
All Australians have reasonable access to a standard telephone service;
- Payphones are reasonably accessible to all Australians;
- The Emergency Call Service provided by Telstra and the National Relay Service (provided by a contractor) continue;
- Untimed local calls in extended zones are provided for; and
- Appropriate safety net arrangements are in place to support the transition from copper-based services to the NBN.
The legislation setting up TUSMA is designed to progressively shift responsibility for the USO from Telstra to TUSMA as the NBN rolls out, but for Telstra to continue to provide the USO under contract to TUSMA.
The legislation also provides for the provision of the USO to be opened up to competition. However the terms of the Definitive Agreement signed between Telstra and the Government over Telstra's involvement in the NBN effectively lock in Telstra as the sole USO provider (except for service provided to the hearing impaired) for the next 20 years.
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