Commenting after his reappointment to the Telsoc board - and the addition of two new Telsoc directors - Coutts said, “Australia is now at a cross road as we approach the completion of the National Broadband Network scheduled for mid-2020”.
“TelSoc will be pressing government and industry to focus on policies and products that improve our ability to compete.”
Tim Herring, the executive director said: “In the New Year we will be developing a new three year plan focussing on the future needs of the industry and how telecommunications needs to evolve and can best contribute to the economic and social development of Australia”.
Anne Hurley, the new company secretary of Telsoc, is the founder and CEO of e-commerce business James&Co.
A member of the nominations committee for Internet domain names manager auDA, Hurley was formerly chair of Internet Australia. Starting her career as a lawyer, Hurley later moved into the telecommunications industry and became CEO of the Communications Alliance.
"Anne Hurley and I are delighted to be joining the board at a time when there is more need than ever for TelSoc to join with other industry and civil society groups in pressing the Government to fix the NBN,” said Patton.
“In our previous roles at Internet Australia we launched a campaign under the banner #BetterBroadband. We look forward to working with the other directors and members supporting TelSoc's mission is to provide a focus on telecommunications and its benefits to Australian economy".
Along with Coutts, continuing as directors of Telsoc are Tim Herring – treasurer and executive director, and Peter Elford, Greg Paynter and Craig Watkins, all directors.