Broadband future: NBN forum kicks off today

Government talk fest kicks off at UNSW with a who's who of the industry

The Federal Government will today kick off its Realising Our Broadband Future event at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Run over two days the event will hear from speakers like the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, communications minister Stephen Conroy, NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley, Google's vice president and chief internet evangelist Vinton G Cerf, Jeffrey Cole the director of USC Annenberg School; BHP Billiton Iron Ore CIO Brad Wearn, and Dr Paul Twomey the Senior President of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers.

Additionally, there will be five streams – e-health, digital education, smart infrastructure, e-community and e-business – where panel discussions will take place on the potential opportunities to be had on the proposed National Broadband Network (NBN).


Check out the photos from the event in the Computerworld slideshow

While the event is sold out, those not able to attend can watch via video on the forum's website.

The government has also been using an online tool called "Open to Your Ideas" and powered by Google Moderator, to gather ideas and comments to use in the panel discussions.

Last week at the launch of NICTA's new Sydney offices and labs, communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy told Computerworld the forum was aiming to break the NBN debate in Australia out of the Telstra and infrastructure paradigm.

"The argument about infrastructure is over. We are going to have one of the world's best, if not the best network," he said. "What are we going to use it for?"

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