Inquiry into the Australian Telecommunications Network
The Senate has referred the above matter to the Committee for inquiry and report on the 16 June 2004.
The terms of reference are:
(a) the capacity of the Australian telecommunications network, including the public switched telephone network, to deliver adequate services to all Australians, particularly in rural and regional areas;
(b) the capacity of the Australian telecommunications network, including the public switched telephone network, to provide all Australians with reasonable, comparable and equitable access to broadband services;
(c) current investment patterns and future investment requirements to achieve adequacy of services in the Australian telecommunications network;
(d) regulatory or other measures which might be required to bring the Australian telecommunications network up to an adequate level to ensure that all Australians may obtain access to adequate telecommunications services; and
(e) any other matters, including international comparisons, which are deemed relevant to these issues by the Committee.
The Committee invites written submissions from interested individuals and organisations to be lodged by Friday 16 August 2002. The Committee prefers submissions to be lodged in electronic form, sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include full postal address and contact details. Alternatively, submissions may be sent to the Secretary, Senate ECITA References Committee, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.
Advice on preparing a submission is available on the Committee's web site or by contacting the Secretariat as follows: phone (02) 6277 3526; fax (02) 6277 5818. The web site address is www.aph.gov.au/senate_environment.
Submissions become Committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the Committee. Persons making submissions must not release them without the approval of the Committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege but the unauthorised release of them is not.
Tuesday 26 November 2002 (Word format
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Report- (Tabled 5 August 2004)