Speech by James Cameron, Acting Deputy Chair, ACMA
Wednesday 11 October 2017
Thank you Renee and also to CommsDay’s Grahame Lynch for giving the ACMA the opportunity to address you today.
I’d like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and pay my respects to their elders past, present and future. I’d also like to acknowledge in this, his last week with the ACMA, the tremendous work of the agency’s outgoing Acting Chairman, Richard Bean.
Richard has been in the Chairman’s role for 18 months, after joining the ACMA as Deputy in 2010. I think everyone in this room who knows Richard and has worked with him would agree he’s been an outstanding advocate for the communications industry, while guiding the ACMA through significant change under his stewardship as Chairman.
Next week, the baton changes to Nerida O’Loughlin. Many in this room would know Nerida for her work as interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Agency, and at the Department of Communications and the ACMA before then.
We welcome Nerida at an exciting time for the agency. As you know, the regulatory responsibilities of the ACMA and our day-to-day work span an incredible range of activities, from the depths of the sea to outer space. When Nerida begins next week, she’ll be lucky to find her desk, hidden by all the briefing documents awaiting her.
But what I’d like to talk about today will be some of the issues likely to come first to her attention.
First, I’d like to update you on our role in looking at the NBN consumer experience.
Next, I’d like to address our forward allocation work plan for spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band and in other bands identified for 5G services, and provide an update on the current allocation process for previously unsold spectrum in four bands.
And then I’d like to touch on our upcoming five-year spectrum outlook and the ongoing implementation of the Spectrum Review.
I’m also going to shamelessly spruik our upcoming RadComms conference and ask you to join us to be part of the conversation on spectrum reform on November first and second.
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