Towards a broadband policy

2017-05-01T03:54:34Z (GMT) by Darling, Peter
Under the Australian Constitution, matters relating to communications are a national responsibility. However, until recently, there had been a broad consensus across the political parties about most communications policies, with the major exception of the privatisation of the former incumbent, Telstra.This consensus no longer holds. One of the issues raised by all sides in the recent election period was broadband, and there is no doubt that, now the election results are clear, Australia may actually be on the way to developing a broadband policy.This article reviews the background to the recent policy debate, and provides some comment on the issues that have been raised in the Election Campaign. Copyright 2007 Peter Darling. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the publisher.