So Senator Stephen Conroy is indeed back as part of the Labor shadow cabinet, but not in the role of Shadow Communications Minister and professional NBN expert. In the newly-announced shadow cabinet, he takes the role of minister for defence, as well as deputy leader of the Opposition in the Senate. So who gets the communications role and can look forward to parliamentary arguments with Malcolm Turnbull? The answer is . . .
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Broadband — in the shape of the National Broadband Network (NBN) — remains a key point of difference between Labor and the Coalition's policies going into the federal election. Our politicians are not paying lip service when it comes to these differences. There are significant variations in cost, in delivery types, in download and upload speeds, in business opportunities, customer experience and the so-called "future-proofing" of the network, depending on which version of the NBN we continue with. So what are they, and what do you need to know?
Remember Stephen Conroy? He's a former Communications Minister, occasional internet censorship proponent and avid Whovian. We already know that he tracks the exploits of The Doctor closer than anyone else in government, but his nerdiness actually saw him pressuring the head of the ABC over the future of the series.
Mike Quigley — the first CEO of the National Broadband Network Company — announced today he would leave the role soon to make way for fresh eyes on the project. Quigley has accomplished a great deal in the role, but his legacy is more than just cables in the ground all over the country. It's bigger.
Remember that huge fire that claimed the Warrnambool Telstra exchange? Senator Stephen Conroy's department has just released a report into the blaze that left over 60,000 people in a communications lurch, which shows that there is still no concrete explanation of what started the fire. We can guess, however.
Remember that fantastic website that compared the speed of the Coalition's broadband plan along with the speed of the National Broadband Network? It was built with the best of intentions, but the maths behind the comparisons were a little skewed. Thankfully, someone has created a nifty button to fix the site and make the comparisons more realistic.
This coming election is going to focus heavily on telecommunications policy and who has the best national high-speed broadband strategy, but how do we decide which one is going to be best if we haven't used them? Meet James Brotchie. He's built something that might be of use for those looking to make a comparison: a website that gives you a visual representation of the differences between the Coalition and Labor Party strategies.
OurSay is about to live-stream The Communications Debate: a showdown on national broadband policy between Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and his Shadow Liberal opposite, Malcolm Turnbull. The best part — besides all the feelings we're likely to see — is that it's live-streaming on the web. Watch along with us!
Tony Abbott said something rather silly at the launch of the Coalition's broadband policy, and now it's coming back to bite the party in its behind. Now Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is here to "clarify" the record.
They say that the Honey Badger takes what it wants. NBN Co wants infrastructure access, and it looks set to take it, and it don't care.