Australia - Broadband - Government Policies 2003 - 2004


The Coalition Government (since 1996) has only one major telco policy and that is the privatisation of Telstra. Therefore all other telecoms policy issues have been neglected since that time. Where telecoms and media merge the government policies are mainly dictated by the media moguls and their vested interests are in delaying any new development (regulatory or technology wise) for as long as possible. This has resulted in Australia featuring at the bottom of the OECD’s broadband penetration list.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Broadband politics – 2004
    • 2.1 No new intitaitives from the previous new minister
    • 2.2 Policies to beef-up Telstra
    • 2.3 NOEI disappoints
    • 2.4 Victorian Government rejects National Broadband Strategy
    • 2.5 National Strategy avoids the key issues
  • 3. Government initiatives – 2004
    • 3.1 Brokers get $2.9 million
    • 3.2 Coordinated Communications Infrastructure Fund (CCIF)
    • 3.3 Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).
      • 3.3.1 ISP subsidies
      • 3.3.2 Telstra and Optus HiBis offerings
  • 4. Senate inquiry into broadband competition
    • 4.1 Broadband Inquiry – 2003
    • 4.2 Final Report – August 2004
    • 4.3 Recommendations
  • 5. Related reports

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Last updated 11 Aug 2004
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