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National Broadband Network (NBN Co) modelling and training facilities

When do you expect to have the modelling finished?

Answer:

NBN Co expects to have some preliminary data collection and modelling available by end July
2010 but this data will then need careful interrogation and scenario testing before we can accept it
as fit for purpose. This may take a further several months to complete.

Answer to Senate Estimates Questions on Notice Budget Estimates Hearings May 2010, Question No. 120

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Government's data retention plans blacked out

The Australian Greens have expressed dismay at the Federal Government's refusal to reveal details of consultations with industry over plans to force Internet Service Providers to store web browsing histories of all Australian internet users.

 The Attorney-Generals Department has said in an FOI request by Fairfax Media that release of the information is contrary to public interest and may lead to premature unnecessary debate, which could prejudice and impede govt decision making.

 Around 90 per cent of the released documents have been blacked out.

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Telstra NBN deal a step forward: Greens

The Australian Greens are encouraged by the announcement of the heads of agreement between Telstra and NBNco.

"All players have noted that there is still a long way to go, but this agreement heads off an expensive and protracted conflict between Telstra and the Australian Government which would have led to wasteful duplication of resources," said Australian Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam.

"We won't now have two wholesale networks competing in a space which most people recognise is a natural monopoly.

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NBN Co

Senator LUDLAM-Maybe I will give your finance questions a break for a little while and ask about the actual rollout of the network. I will come back to some of the financial stuff a bit later. There is a greenfields bill parked in the Senate at the moment that has not proceeded.

Senator Conroy-I thought the greenfields bill was in the House of Representatives

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Growing concerns over future privatisation of NBN: Greens

As the Senate Select Committee undertakes hearings into the National Broadband Network in Sydney, the Australian Greens have expressed strong concerns about proposals to privatise the network in a decade's time.

"At the very least, the Government should undertake a public interest test and require a vote in Parliament before privatisation lands us back in the same mess we're in today," said Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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NBN report confirms need to avoid past mistakes of privatisation: Greens

The Australian Greens say the $25 million report released by the Rudd Government today on implementation of National Broadband Network confirms their concerns about potential privatisation of the network.

“The report released today underlines the challenges of regulating a monopoly telco and confirms our concerns about potential privatisation,” the Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam said.

“It also states that regulators struggle to be effective in this area because they are at a disadvantage in terms of information and expertise.

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Greens welcome overdue release of NBN implementation study

The Federal Government has finally relented to fierce criticism and released the $25 million National Broadband Network Implementation Study, which the Greens and many others have been demanding for months.

"Communications Minister Stephen Conroy previously ignored a Senate Order to produce the only quasi-independent analysis of the multibillion dollar project," said Australian Greens telecommunications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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