Broadband advisory group members announced

Vendors outweigh IT industry representatives on the Federal Government's newly announced Broadband Advisory Group.

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston said the group brings together "leading thinkers" in the broadband arena in Australia, who will consult widely, both here and overseas.

The Group's first meeting is scheduled for late April. It is expected the Group will conclude its work by the end of the year.

The members of the group include:

- Bronte Adams (ICT consultant),

- Ros Hill (Senior Telehealth consultant, Telehealth Tasmania Network Project Development Manager for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services), - Tom Kennedy (managing director of Beyond Online and Brainwave Interactive), - George McLaughlin (executive director of the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) , - Professor Mike Miller (chair of Board of Directors of mNet Corporation), - Rosemary Sinclair (managing director of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG), - Phil Singleton (chair of the Service Providers Industry Association (SPAN)), - Ziggy Switkowski (CEO and managing director of Telstra), - Jeffrey Tobias (CEO of Smart Internet CRC) and, - Terry Walsh (managing director of Cisco Systems Australia/New Zealand).

According to a statement, Alston will chair the group and drive the agenda.

"The Group has a broad spectrum of expertise ranging from core information and communications technology industries to key user sectors such as health, education and digital content development," Alston said.

"The Group will provide high level advice to the Government on broadband development in Australia, and provide a vehicle for fostering communication between stakeholders on both the supply-side and demand-side of the broadband issue."

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