It been a busy news day for many people involved in the ICT industry. As you may be aware, Telstra's 13 page submission to the expert panel in response to the Request for Proposals has been deemed non-compliant for failing to submit a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Participation Plan, which is one of five mandatory requirements of the RFP.

Below are a list of media articles on the subject:

Govt hits back at Telstra on NBN rejection – Australian IT
The Rudd Government has hit out at the Telstra board, calling on it to explain to shareholders why it failed to ensure its bid for the $4.7 billion broadband network complied with the tender process.

Telstra quiet on NBN legal action – Australian IT
Telstra has not ruled out seeking legal action over its exclusion from the bidding process to build a $15 billion national broadband network.

Telstra tumbles 8pc on broadband knockout – Australian IT
Telstra shares fell 8 per cent today after it was excluded from the bidding process to build a $15 billion national broadband network.

Telstra sidelined to spectator –
Telstra chairman Donald McGauchie rejects suggestions there was a split between the board and management over whether to submit a proposal to build the National Broadband Network (NBN), but he's staying mum on possible legal action and describes his relationship with Stephen Conroy as 'workable'.

Abandon broadband tender process: Minchin –
The tender process for a national broadband network has been incompetently handled and the government must abandon it, the federal opposition says.

Delay to broadband network likely – SMH
Telstra's exclusion from the bidding process to build a national broadband network (NBN) could result in further delays in its construction, an industry analyst says.

Telstra (TLS) $3.89 – The Australian
Officially, Telstra is now out of the running to build the $10 billion-plus national broadband network (NBN) after the federal Government this morning elevated brinkmanship to levels not seen since 1962.

Competitors call for ASIC/ASX investigation of Telstra's NBN RFP tactics –
The Competitive Carriers’ Coalition has accused Telstra of failing to adequately inform the market of is activities around the national broadband network and has called on ASIC and the ASX to investigate.

Climate clouds Telstra storm: Minchin – The Australian
The Rudd Government has deliberately revealed Telstra has been excluded from the national broadband bid process on the same day as its major climate change announcement in an attempt to bury the news, the Opposition has charged.

Telstra exit throws broadband plan into chaos – SMH
The Rudd Government's plans to begin rolling out a $10 billion-plus national broadband network next year have been thrown into tatters after Telstra was dumped from the tender process.

Telstra & the NBN: it will be a long time till the fat lady sings –
Its exclusion from the National Broadband Network appears to have taken Telstra by surprise, but it certainly won't be taken lying down, and there are many hurdles to another bidder getting a green light, and the funding to rollout the NBN.

Conroy "a manifest failure" over Telstra NBN exclusion: Minchin –
Australia’s Shadow Communications Minister, Senator Nick Minchin, has savaged the Rudd Labor Government and the Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, over the “total ineptitude and mishandling” of the NBN process which has now seen Telstra excluded for a “remarkable” and “trivial reason”.

'Trivial': McGauchie attacks Telstra's exclusion – The Australian
The federal Government has excluded Telstra from the bidding process to build a $10 billion-plus national broadband network.

Conroy kicks Telstra out of NBN race –
The Government has excluded Telstra from the National Broadband Network RFP process on what appears to be a technicality - that it failed to include a plan for how to involve small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the building of the NBN.

Telstra 'excluded' from broadband deal – The Australian
Telstra says it has been excluded from the bidding process for the construction of a national broadband network (NBN) by the Federal Government for "trivial" reasons.


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