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Inquiry Details

Broadband in rural and regional communities

In 2007 the Committee called for submissions and copies of public submissions are available below. The Committee prepared a discussion paper on key issues for further investigation and invited comments to these issues. For further information see the Committee's inquiry into Key Issues for Further Investigation.
Resolution passed 21 June 2007, Votes and Proceedings No 14, item 13 (11). Standing Committee on Broadband in Rural and Regional Communities That: A standing committee be appointed to inquire into the needs of rural and regional communities in relation to telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services and, in particular, to report on the following terms of reference: The availability of telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services in rural and regional communities; The benefits and opportunities for rural and regional communities of having access to telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services; Disincentives and barriers to the provision of telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services to rural and regional communities; The consequences for rural and regional communities of not having, or not having adequate, access to telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services, having regard to likely future industry and technological developments; and Options for encouraging providers of telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services to extend services to rural and regional communities.

Standing Committee on Broadband in Rural and Regional Communities That: A standing committee be appointed to inquire into the needs of rural and regional communities in relation to telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services and, in particular, to report on the following terms of reference: The availability of telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services in rural and regional communities; The benefits and opportunities for rural and regional communities of having access to telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services; Disincentives and barriers to the provision of telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services to rural and regional communities; The consequences for rural and regional communities of not having, or not having adequate, access to telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services, having regard to likely future industry and technological developments; and Options for encouraging providers of telecommunications (including broadband) and other technology services to extend services to rural and regional communities.


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