Press Release

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced the publication of submissions on initiatives to provide enhanced broadband to rural and remote areas.

“This consultation process sought to explore policy and funding options to provide high-speed broadband to the two per cent of premises that may not receive a service under the National Broadband Network,” Senator Conroy said.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving broadband for all Australians, including the two per cent of homes and businesses which may not be covered by the National Broadband Network.”

“The Government has already committed $270.7 million for the Australian Broadband Guarantee for four years from 2008–2012.”

Submissions were received from service providers, industry groups and members of the public.

The submissions will be considered by the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee, led by Dr Bill Glasson AO, who will provide a comprehensive report to Government in August and make recommendation to improve telecommunications into the future.

The submissions will also be considered by the Government in determining appropriate options to improve telecommunications in rural and remote areas of Australia.

It is important to note that these submissions are not related to the National Broadband Network Request for Proposal process and will be considered separately.

Copies of the submissions can be found at:


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