The man at the helm of the company set up to rollout the Federal Government’s ambitious National Broadband Network (NBN), Mike Quigley, is due to face the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.
The NBNco CEO most recently spoke publicly at a press conference organised by the Communications Alliance. At the time he responded to a broad range of questions and said he would be looking to build up the organisation over the next six months – aiming to have 1000s of staff in future – in conjunction with planning the network and company structure.
Today, Quigley faces the Senate Select Committee in the 13th of 15 public meetings. He is joined by Melbourne University’s IBES director, Professor Rod Tucker, Cables Downunder, Peter Downey and other government and industry representatives.
The public appearance will be one of few opportunities punters and media alike will have to see Quigley speak on the NBN. So far there has been little information available provided in terms of what NBNco’s structure will look like and how it intends to operate in the market.
Representatives for Quigley have said the CEO won’t be giving interviews for some time and that as the infrastructure project will take years to build – 8 at the best count – there will be no rush to provide interview opportunities. Instead, the only opportunities for the public to hear Quigley talk will be at selected industry events.
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In other NBN news, Melbourne University associate professor, Bharat Dave, this week said the public spaces digitised and connected to the proposed NBN could rise in social prominence above those that remain analogue.
Additionally, the university’s Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) will host a fully operational model of the NBN within two months for researchers and vendors to test their applications and equipment.