The OECD’s latest report on the state of international data roaming shows that Australia is getting left behind. The cost of using data overseas is outrageously high. Efforts to reduce such costs on a reciprocal basis for travel between Australia and new Zealand stalled two years ago. There is draft legislation on both sides of the Tasman that will give the responsible regulators the teeth to see progress. It needs to be acted on.
For more, see Economuse 2016-04-29-roam
This is the 8th in an annual series that reviews retail broadband plans in Australia.
To read this click Economuse 2015-09-29
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
An ACMA report has shown that 21 percent of Australian adults use mobiles for both voice and broadband services. It seems that both the National Broadband Network and the Bureau of Communications Research need to question their current views on the role of mobiles in the communications industry.
For more, click Economuse 2015-06-19
The Bureau of Communications Research at the Department of Communications is tasked with finding out how to fund non-commercial services on the NBN. An industry levy seen as the prime mechanism that will sustain these services in the presence of infrastructure competition (as I argued in my 2010 submission to the Senate).
This submission is a response to the request for comments on the Bureau’s first consultation paper.
To access the submission, click USO-Levy-JdR