Introduction Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and distinguished guests. It is a pleasure to be here today delivering the TelSoc Charles Todd Oration. Many eminent people have delivered this oration over the years, so I am honoured to have been asked to deliver this today. TelSoc plays such a valuable role in our local telecommunications industry in promoting the discussion around the development of the telecommunications industry here in Australia.
The history of the industry reveals a continuing tension between the forces of competition and concentration. Having coursed through eras of monopoly, competition, and regulated monopoly, the telcos are now in a more competitive arena. There is regulatory uncertainty on the issue of net neutrality.