NBN inquiry goes West

The House of Representatives Infrastructure and Communications Committee is conducting an inquiry into the role and potential of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Committee will conduct public hearings in Perth on Thursday 5 May and Friday 6 May.

Committee Chair Sharon Bird said today that “the Committee is looking forward to hearing from West Australians about how the NBN can contribute to, among many other things, enhanced research outcomes and overcoming the tyranny of distance.”

“On Friday we will be conducting a roundtable discussion with four local government and regional organisations, which, in combination, represent 19 West Australian council areas” she added.

“As has been evident in the inquiry to date, the NBN will transform the economy and society and will foster innovation in ways that cannot yet be envisaged.”

The hearing programs are as follows:

Thursday, 5 May 2011

1:00pm - iiNet

1:45pm - International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

2:45pm - Curtin University

3:30pm - ICT Industry Collaboration Centre of Western Australia

4:15pm - TBC

Friday, 6 May 2011

9:00am - Roundtable: City of Geraldton-Greenough, East Metropolitan Regional Council, Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils and South West Group

11:00am - iSpatial

11:45am - NearMap

The hearings will be held in Room 2 of the Legislative Assembly Committee Office, Level 1, 11 Harvest Terrace, West Perth. The hearings will also be webcast live (audio only) on: http://webcast.aph.gov.au/livebroadcasting/

Further details about the inquiry, including copies of submissions and transcripts of previous hearings, can be obtained from the Committee’s website.