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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mobiles and the USO

The “Rethinking the USO” report by Prof. Reg Coutts this week does not go far enough.

Yes, the universal service obligation (USO) needs reform and a universal service fund will be part of that. The changes that have driven the need for reform and why I think Reg Coutts has stopped short of the conclusion that leaps out of his analysis are discussed in Economuse 2015-07-15

The USO is very complicated and more reflections on possible approaches for the future will be published in these columns before the end of the year.

Big Pipes (2006)

This report released in April 2006 was inadvertently omitted from my publications page – sorry. It deals with the importance of improved international connectivity (“big pipes”) for big business, big science and the development of the information economy in WA. It is here: bigpipes