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STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS - 11/03/2011 - Role and potential of the National Broadband Network
STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS
House of Representatives committee
Friday, 11 March 2011
Role and potential of the National Broadband Network
Final

CHAIR (Ms Bird) —I declare open this public hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications. The inquiry was referred by Minister Albanese on 16 November last year. To date we have received 197 submissions and expect more over coming weeks.

The committee is pleased to be in Hobart for a second Tasmanian hearing. Yesterday morning we had the opportunity to visit Scottsdale, one of the three NBN rollout sites, where we were able to see firsthand some of the infrastructure being deployed and hear about how it is being utilised by residents. This was followed by our first Tasmanian public hearing in Launceston, where we heard from organisations such as RDA Tasmania and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. Today we expect to hear another diverse range of views, including from witnesses from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Hutchins School, TAS ICT and the Tasmanian government. I remind any members of the media who are present of the need to fairly and accurately report the proceedings of the committee.

[9.07 am]