Adelaide gets NBN training wheels

By Paul Hemsley Adelaide City Council has become the latest local government looking to plug into the National Broadband Network after the city’s Mayor urged potentially tech-shy citizens to learn online and web technology skills through the Digital Hub training program. Mayor Stephen Yarwood wants digitally challenged citizens to participate in the program which follows […]

Federal CIO quits amid shake-up

By Julian Bajkowski The odds of a major policy shake-up in central technology strategy for federal agencies have shortened dramatically after the long-anticipated resignation of whole-of-government chief information officer Ann Steward. The revelation of Ms Steward’s departure from both the Department of Finance’s Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) and the Australian Public Service comes […]

Gillard pushes telework to business

By Julian Bajkowski The Gillard government has kicked off a major industry and publicity push to sell the productivity dividends of teleworking to business, the public sector and the electorate as it seeks to drive home the tangible benefits of the National Broadband Network. Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday signed the Commonwealth up to […]

Defence tips Telstra for massive network deal

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Department of Defence has revealed that has nominated Telstra as the preferred tenderer to upgrade its mammoth terrestrial communications network and install wireless technology and desktop video conferencing in a deal estimated to be worth around $1 billion. While the deal is still to be officially inked, Defence’s […]

Push to bury power with NBN

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley The local government sector is upping pressure on its state and federal peers to seize the rollout of the National Broadband Network as a once in a lifetime opportunity to also dig dangerous and ugly overhead power lines into the ground once and for all. Kur-ring-gai Municipal Council will this […]

Conroy seizes Cyber whitepaper

By Julian Bajkowski Responsibility for the federal Government’s key technology security policy document, the Cyber Whitepaper, has been shunted out of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to Senator Stephen Conroy’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy after Prime Minister Julia Gillard moved to substantially widen the scope of the late-running treatise. […]

NBN offers big maintenance savings: BIS Shrapnel

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Economic forecasting and industrial research house BIS Shrapnel has estimated that junking Australia’s existing copper phone lines for optical fibre-to-the-home under the National Broadband Network will deliver network maintenance savings of between $600 million to $700 million a year. BIS Shrapnel’s estimates predict a reduction of up to 70 […]

NBN plan takes pressure off councils

By Paul Hemsley Boosted expenditure on the national broadband network (NBN) may have long term benefits for regional areas. In NBN Co’s Corporate Plan for 2012-15, capital expenditure will be raised by $4.6 billion. Included in the increase is $1.4 billion for the construction period and $3.2 billion for the operating expenditure. Australian Local Government […]

Submissions closing for NBN inquiry

The House of Representatives Infrastructure and Communications Committee has sought submissions from government, the private sector and the public on the role and potential of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The parliamentary inquiry examined the capacity of the NBN to deliver a range of government services and programs. The Committee has called for public feedback , with […]

Information Commissioner critical to Gov 2.0 agenda

By Angela Dorizas The newly established Information Commissioner will play a key role in the national Government 2.0 agenda, Senator Kate Lundy has said. In an address to the Government 2.0 Conference in Canberra on Wednesday, Senator Lundy said the Government was committed to openness, transparency and digital engagement. “The need for leadership, whether it’s political, structural […]

Austrade’s broadband mission to Asia

By Lilia Guan The Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency, Austrade, has called for businesses and government representatives to join the agency on a broadband tour of Asia. Austrade, in partnership with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), will take delegates to Japan, Korea and Singapore to gain business insights towards […]

Conroy announces $100m for NBN Tas

The Government has injected $100 million into National Broadband Network Tasmania as part of the Stage 3 roll out, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy has said. Announcing that the Rudd Government’s equity injection to facilitate the further roll out of fibre-to-the-home broadband in the state, Senator Conroy said Stage 3 […]


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