In March 2005 Communications Minister, Helen Coonan, put forward her plans for a regulatory overhaul, prior to the further privatisation of Telstra. These plans contain some good elements – strategies that will promote progress. However, we have seen many sound plans in the past, and the devil is, as always, in the detail. Only when an enforceable implementation plan is generated, with measurable outcomes, will we see any real progress. Without this it will be just another whitewash, leaving us even further back on the information highway. However, the debate inevitably comes back to structural separation.
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2. Key issues
5. Lessons from Britain
5.1 Good vibes travelling to Australia from BT
5.2 Progress in LLU
5.3 Separation makes good business sense
5.4 Minister is holding her ground
6. Very little regulatory reform
7. Ofcom decision boosts pro-competition camp in Australia
8. Regulations on hold during T3
10. Are the powers of the ACCC sufficient?
11. Operational separation
11.1 A Telstra-driven operational separation?
11.2 Operational separation – how it can be done
12. Regional telecommunications
12.2 HiBIS - a good example for further developments
12.3 Competition remains fragile
12.4 Regional mobile
12.5 ‘Up to scratch’
12.6 T3 thumbs down from National Farmers’ Federation
As usual, you’ve done a splendid job of bringing an industry well and truly into the spotlight.
I think that without your input and passion, Australia would have barely scratched the surface of the benefits that can and will be achieved with the wholesale adoption of Smart Grid and Smart City concepts.