The Federal Government's Realising Our Broadband Future event was held over two days at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Guests heard 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 were five plenary streams – e-health, digital education, smart infrastructure, e-community and e-business – where panel discussions took place on the potential opportunities to be had on the proposed National Broadband Network (NBN).
Here is a wrap up of the major stories from the event:
PM opens Broadband Future forum, announces Digital Regions winners Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has opened the Realising Our Broadband Future conference in Sydney by announcing the first seven projects chosen as part of the government's Digital Regions Initiative.
Broadband future: NBN should be wired, not wireless, says Quigley Fibre to the home will be the only way to deliver high end applications such as complete remote computing and full 3D virtual collaboration in Australia, according to NBN Co cheif, Mike Quigley.
Broadband future: Father of the Internet praises NBN Vint Cerf, Vice-President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and widely regarded as the father of the Internet, has labelled the NBN rollout and telecommunications reform “stunning” and “impressive”.
Broadband future: Newspapers' future lies online The director of the California-based USC Annenberg School, Jeffrey Cole, has predicted the extinction of newspapers in the next few years, accelerated by high-speed broadband like the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Broadband future: Australia's Great Train Robbery moment on the NBN The National Broadband Network (NBN) will engender a new medium for Australians to entertain and inform themselves over the Internet, the Realising our Broadband Future summit in Sydney has heard.
Broadband future: Tassie to be the most connected place on the planet Tasmania Premier David Bartlett has reiterated the state's aim of becoming the "most connected place on the planet" at the Realising our Broadband Future summit in Sydney.
Govt uses Google Moderator to get NBN ideas The Federal Government wants you to tell it how we should use the National Broadband Network (NBN) as part of its Realising Our Broadband Future forum.
Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential - #2 National Broadband Network (NBN) Yesterday, Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy was revealed as the third place getter in the Computerworld Top 10 Most Influential for 2009. Today we reveal #2 — the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Broadband future: Australian boards to include digital natives Is it time to rethink the composition of many of the corporate boards of Australia to take advantage of the opportunities technologies such as broadband can provide? That is just one of the ideas discussed in the e-business plenary session at the Realising Our Broadband Future forum in Sydney.
Broadband future: Conroy announces collaborative broadband framework As the Realising Our Broadband Future forum drew to a close, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, outlined the next steps — a report and a collaborative framework across all three tiers of government.