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Australia - Digital Economy - Industry Working Group

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Last updated: 13 Aug 2008 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 8

Analyst: Paul Budde


During the OOS, BuddeComm has taken several industry initiatives to progress the transformation of the broadband telecoms industry. This includes a National Broadband Forum, a National Municipality Broadband Forum, Utilitel that has since developed into Smart Grid Australia and the Wholesale Industry Working Group. In October 2007 BuddeComm organised an industry networking dinner, which was attended by the then Shadow Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy (now Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy). The Minister accepted the industry’s offer to assist him in the process of developing the National Broadband Network plan. Consequently the industry formed the FttH SIG, which has since been renamed into Digital Economy Industry Working Group. This group represents 200 people from 140 companies, 40 people actively participated in the project, 600 pages of submissions were provided. That report was presented to the Minister in March 2008. In the following months further recommendations and submissions were presented to the Government. Since that time the group has taken on a governance role to make sure that the implementation stays as close as possible to the initial concept.

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As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.

Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.

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