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Has Conroy buried the USO Review in his too hard basket?



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Thu, 31st July 2008

HAS CONROY BURIED THE USO REVIEW IN HIS TOO HARD BASKET?

The Hon Bruce Billson MP Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Almost 12 months after the previous government announced a review of the telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO) the silence from Labor’s Communications Minister Stephen Conroy suggests he has buried it in his too hard basket.

The USO review must take into account and respond to the evolving needs and expectations of consumers along with advancements in mobile telecommunications and broadband technologies.

For example, research released today by the government’s own Australian Communications and Media Authority highlights the growing trend of consumers substituting mobile phones for fixed line telephones.