Prime minister Julia Gillard and communications minister senator Stephen Conroy will this morning preside over a ceremonial switching on of the National Broadband Network in Armidale NSW, following trials over the past month with a handful of Armidale households.
In a major boost for the sector, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard has signalled a hands-on role for herself in fostering "digital productivity," and appointed Stephen Conroy and Kate Lundy to assist her in the role.
In all the speculation about the likely make-up of the Gillard Cabinet, there is one sure thing: Stephen Conroy will retain the Communications portfolio. And that's a good thing for the sector, which will no doubt welcome the continuity.
Written by: Graeme Philipson | Published in: Government Tech PolicyIt is not only Prime Minister Julia Gillard who has been making news in the Big Apple. Senator Stephen Conroy was also in town, taking about telecommunications and red underpants.
The Federal Government today claimed it had "made history" this morning after it officially launched live services on its flagship National Broadband Network project on the mainland, in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and a host of other parties associated with the telecommunications sector.
The first mainland metropolitan NBN 'first release' site went live this morning. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy participated in the ceremony in Brunswick.