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In the lead-up to the Australian federal election in September 2013, there is huge and often bitter controversy over the potential benefits and disadvantages of each policy. TJA has assembled an NBN Policy Panel of four experienced commentators, ranging in their political sympathies from ?centre left to centre right? ? and none of them uncritical supporters of either policy. Their disciplines span the engineering, economics and marketing of broadband telecommunications.

When faced with the need to move their services to the National Broadband Network (NBN), many consumers discover quite late in the process that their new NBN-based service has left their legacy PSTN connect devices behind.

Papers cover Universal Service, legacy telecommunications equipment the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband in New Zealand. How to ensure that legacy telecommunications equipment is identified, upgraded and connected to the National Broadband Network or replaced. An update on the provision of reliable telecommunications to Antarctica and how Ericsson is celebrating the milestone of being a significant contributor to Australian telecommunications over the past 125 years.

With the optimistic air of change that has come from a new Prime Minister, this is the time to look at a realistic option for the NBN which accepts on-budget expenditure, establishes a future-proof approach and provides the opportunity for those who want it to pay a realistic amount towards getting connected. Governments build roads, not driveways. So why should we assume anyone building a national telecommunications network should worry about connecting right up to the front door, especially for those who don?t want it.

The September issue provides an interesting look at the National Broadband Network: and how it is perceived to have problems that need to be resolved; how telecommunications is having an effect on the lives of Australians, with discussion on how older Australians engage with online news; and how mobile phone use in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a balance between opportunity and affordability. Papers on future digital service delivery and metadata retention provide a balance between identifying future use and how authorities are looking our telecommunications usage.

Paul Budde

Reed Hastings discusses why Netflix is coming to Australia. 

I am surprised by how often I am told that broadband should be just treated like our other utilities such as electricity, gas, water and (of course) sewers. 

Marc Andressen, founder of Netscape, explained this better than anyone else back in February 2014.

The pay TV business is under threat in the US. Viewers are "cutting the cord". What direction with Foxtel take in Australia - compete with the OTT guys or become a telco?

This Brisbane based event will provide a live video stream from the Charles Todd Oration in Sydney. A light sandwich lunch will be provided.

Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 11:45am AEDT

Location: 

Brisbane, QLD

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