Australia - Regional Government Policies


This report has been archived and has not been updated. Australia’s regional and rural communities continue to adopt a highly political stance in regards to telecommunications issues and in fact have been viewed as being a key hindrance to the privatisation of Telstra. This report analyses some of the numerous issues involved, and many of the initiatives that have been launched, completed and continuing in the bid to connect Australia’s regional and rural communities. The focus is on the government’s role, with private sector activities profiled elsewhere. As a result of the further privatisation of Telstra regional infrastructure funds, Regional Fund and Connect Australia, have been put in place valued at $3 billion.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Clever Networks
  • 3. Regional $2 billion Communications Fund
  • 4. Regional wholesale access network
  • 5. Telstra’s Local Presence Plan
    • 5.1 Telstra’s Draft Plan rejected
    • 5.2 Telstra bush plan approved
  • 6. Review of the Networking The Nation program
  • 7. More than $1 billion spent on phone services in the bush
  • 8. ACMA to monitor regional & rural communications
  • 9. Increase in government ICT contracts during 2004-05
  • 10. National Party’s telecoms policy
    • 10.1 Fibre-to-the-bush
    • 10.2 Heavy regulations
  • 11. Regional targets
  • 12. HiBIS – post script
  • 13. Government blinkered into selling Telstra
    • 13.1 Conflicting commercial and community interests
    • 13.2 Money, but no vision
    • 13.3 The Besley Report
    • 13.4 Government response to Besley: National Communications Fund
    • 13.5 Telstra sale the only objective
    • 13.6 No independent regional infrastructure
    • 13.7 Competition the key
  • 14. Policies obstruct regional infrastructure roll outs
    • 14.1 Carrier powers and immunities are obstructive
    • 14.2 Local loop issues
    • 14.3 Numbering and mobile roaming
    • 14.4 5.8GHz licensing options for regional Australia
  • 15. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – Broadband Connect bidders
  • Exhibit 2 – Telstra Regional and Rural Presence Plan
  • Exhibit 3 – Regional Telecommunications Program funding – 1997 - 2005
  • Exhibit 4 – Competition impediments

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Number of pages 14

Status Archived

Last updated 9 May 2007
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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