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|National Broadband Group marks a milestone in broadband strategy|
The inaugural meeting today of the National Broadband Strategy Implementation Group (NBSIG) is a significant milestone for the development of broadband in Australia because of the crucial national coordination role of the Group. The formation of the NBSIG is part of the $142.8 million National Broadband Strategy announced in the Australian Government's response to the Regional Telecommunications (Estens) Inquiry.
The NBSIG comprises representatives from the Australian Government and all state and territory governments and will develop and implement a national strategy for broadband through a coordinated and collaborative approach.
This united front on broadband shows that all levels of government realise the potential economic and community benefits that broadband can deliver and the need for cooperative investment strategies. The NBSIG is a major step towards realising the vision of the Broadband Advisory Group that stated: "Australia will be a world leader in the availability and effective use of broadband, to deliver enhanced outcomes in health, education, community, commerce and government and to capture the economic and social benefits of broadband connectivity."
National Office for the Information Economy Media Release
- Australian Communications Authority (ACA) identifies rural exchanges needing improvement
Consumers in more than 50 Telstra exchange service areas (ESAs) in regional, rural and remote Australia can expect improvements in service and reliability during the next 12 months, the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) said today.
- Australian Government funds boost for regional council online services
The capacity of hundreds of regional Australian councils to deliver online services will be enhanced by more than $360,000 in new funding from the Australian Government's Networking the Nation (NTN) program, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, said today.
- Better online access and services in regional NSW
Seven regional communities throughout New South Wales (NSW) will benefit from an Australian Government investment of more than $800,000 to establish and operate Community Technology Centres (CTCs), the
- Bracks Govt Delivers Public Internet To Yarra Ranges
Residents of Yarra Ranges Shire without Internet access can now log on, thanks to a Bracks Government program addressing the gaps in Victoria's public Internet access network.
- Broadband Access Boost for Shepparton Region
A $960,000 project to boost Shepparton's access to broadband telecommunications was announced today (31/7/03) by the Minister for Innovation, John Brumby
- Can Delivers Broadband Competition to Castlemaine
Castlemaine residents and businesses are set to benefit from increased competition in the telecommunications market thanks to the Bracks Government, Bendigo Community Telco and some innovative technology.
- Country Health Services Enter the Electronic Age
Country hospitals in Victoria will be linked together as part of $2.6 million in technology funding from the Bracks Government, the Health Minister, Bronwyn Pike, said today (25/7/03).
- E-security portal to help business fight virus threats, spam and fraud
Computer users battling computer viruses, spam and fraud have a new tool in their armoury after the launch today of a one-stop e-security portal by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston.
- Further satellite infrastructure investment for regional Australia
A major new investment in satellite broadband infrastructure shows both that Australia is attractive to global investors and that there are commercial opportunities available in regional and remote areas, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Senator Richard Alston, said today.
- Government acts on key Estens Inquiry recommendation
The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, today welcomed the Australian Communication Authority's (ACA) announcement that it had identified 54 Telstra Exchange Service Areas (ESAs) in regional, rural and remote Australia for urgent upgrade as part of the Government's response to the Regional Telecommunications (Estens) Inquiry (RTI).
- NSW South Coast residents to benefit from broadband boost
Schools and hospitals on the NSW South Coast will be the first beneficiaries of better broadband services at more competitive rates with the rollout of a new high-speed internet network.
- National Fund a Must to Address Regional Infrastructure Needs
The Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, will today call on the Commonwealth to follow Victoria's lead and establish a national $1 billion fund to address regional Australia's infrastructure needs.
- Networking the Nation (NTN) projects awarded additional funding
- New Strategic Framework for the Information Economy
National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) invites members of the public, governments and industry to provide written comments on the key themes and priorities that are emerging in the information economy.
New PublicationNew Service Announcement
- Many Voices, Many Places - Electronically Enabling Communities for An Information Society: A Colloquium Research Results, Lessons Learned, Policy Recommendations
Colloquium to be held 15-16 September, at the Monash Centre, Prato (Florence), Italy 15-16 September, 2003.
- Return of Internet in Iraq, citizens show keen interest
Despite a messy telecom infrastructure, citizens of Iraq are now increasingly using Internet and E-mail facilities for communication.
- Revised draft of WSIS declaration now available online
The revised version of the Draft Declaration of Principles, to be presented at the forthcoming World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), was given final touches at the Intersessional Meeting held in Paris from 15 -18 July.
- World Summit on the Information Society
Geneva , Switzerland, 10 to 12 December 2003
- Merger of ICT education and training bodies to improve skills capability
A new merged education and training body will provide the critical mass to help Australia realise the potential of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, said today (13/8).
- Open Source Revealed
National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) is participating in a series of Open Source seminars in August and September 2003 to be held in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.