Confidence in the Connected World
Nerida O'Loughlin, ACMA Chair
13 September 2018, Sydney
Good morning. Thank you to Teresa and the ACCAN Board for the kind invitation to address your members this morning. And thank you for the ongoing and effective advocacy that you do for one of the ACMA’s most valued stakeholders—telco consumers.
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet today. I pay my respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.
I also want to acknowledge the presence here today of Fiona Cameron, a new Authority Member whose vast experience in the media, arts and communication sector, makes her a valuable addition to our team. I will be speaking more about Fiona’s role at the ACMA a little later in my address.
This is my first time addressing the ACCAN conference since my appointment to the role of ACMA Chair in October 2017. I am honoured to be leading the ACMA, working with my fellow Authority members and our staff at a time of such amazing innovation and development in this sector.
I think we can all agree that perhaps the most profound change in the Australian communications sector recently, has been the roll-out of the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network.
Fundamentally, the NBN presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve broadband services for all Australians. It has the potential to deliver great benefits for the Australian community including creating new businesses and supporting much needed flexibility for workers. By 2021, it is estimated, there could be between 30,000 and 80,000 additional new businesses created as a result of the NBN access network, and up to 47,300 additional people using the network to work from home.
But there are challenges, and they have become increasingly obvious during the roll-out.
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