Wednesday, 18 November 2020 10:08

TelSoc calls for policy debate on NBN to focus on network long-term benefits Featured


Australia’s telecoms industry association, the Telecommunications Society (TelSoc) says the policy debate about the National Broadband Network now needs to shift to the long term benefits of the network.

According to TelSoc’s NBN Futures Group the debate should now focus on a longer-term perspective on how the full social and economic benefits of national broadband services, including 5G, can be realised.

TelSoc has called for the shift following the completion of the NBN build and projected upgrades, as well as the increasing rollout of 5G - and the community’s “remarkable dependence” on broadband services during COVID-19.

The call from the NBN Futures Group comes following its development of a proposal for key policy planks for a bipartisan National Broadband Strategy for 2020-30.

The group says a comprehensive report, based on 21 months research and consultation via four public forums, will be launched on Tuesday 24 November via a TelSoc online forum, with the aim of stimulating interest by the Federal Government, the Opposition and Crossbenchers - and equally by the broadband industry’s supply side and by its end user advocates.

The report - "Towards a National Broadband Strategy, 2020-2030" - will be presented at the forum by Dr Jim Holmes, TelSoc President and NBN Futures Group member, with commentary by panellists, including Helen Haines MP, the independent Member for Indi.

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Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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