At present the Tasmania NBN Company exists in name alone. It has an executive chairman, Doug Campbell, who was appointed last month, but it is not yet even a $2 company. A quick search of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission database will tell you the Tasmania NBN Company name has been reserved, but no company has yet been registered.
This is a formality, of course. But it is an indicator of just how quickly things are now moving.
The NBN process has taken time to gather momentum. The wheels might
have been spinning at full-throttle inside Stephen Conroy’s office and
within the portfolio. But through the information black-hole of 2008
and early 2009 when the probity curtains were pulled around the
original RFP process, movement was difficult to detect.
Two weeks ago we had a Prime Minister announce that a joint-venture
with the Tasmanian Government and the utility firm Aurora would start
digging holes to plant fibre all over the Apple Isle in six weeks from
now – but the company has yet to be formed, its ownership structure is
unknown, and its board of directors yet to be announced.
It is quite likely that the Tasmania NBN Company board will be
announced later today. Perhaps then we will glean more of the shape
that the NBN roll-out will take more broadly across Australia, and the
kind of role that other state Government’s might play in the roll-out.
If nothing else, the composition of the board in Tasmania will shine
some light on the equity position of each of the JV partners – which
will itself be an indicator of the value of the a utility companies
involvement in the infrastructure roll-out.
For the first time, the newly-appointed NBN Company board is out in the
open – albeit only for the purposes of a photo opportunity at
But they will conduct the first formal board meeting today – firing the
starter’s pistol for the real work of building a national fibre network
We can only hope that the information flow of NBN-related activity from
both the NBN Company and the communications portfolio’s political and
departmental offices starts to match the frenetic pace of activity
happening behind the scenes.
NBN Co board meets, sorts out Tassie offspring
At the top of the agenda when the newly-appointed NBN Company board meets in Canberra today – after a brief photo-op with the Minister at Parliament House – will be the composition of the Tasmania NBN Company board.
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