News and Updates
Internet Australia's President, regionally based George Fong, has spoken in a video case study featuring young Ballarat based start up company Retsim. Mr Fong has reiterated Internet Australia's strong viewpoint that nationwide NBN coverage is not just desirable, its fundamental to the future of regional, rural and remote Australia.
“NBN Australia have done a fantastic job on highlighting young startups like Retsim and giving them the tools and facilities to compete nationally and globally, but also to operate viably from a regional centre” said Fong. “This cannot happen without a world class high speed national broadband network.”
Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has called on incoming Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to acknowledge the Abbott Government's failure to understand the importance of the Internet and to fast track construction of the national broadband network.
"Of all the politicians in our Federal Parliament Mr Turnbull knows better than most the value of an effective broadband service to our economic future. This is his opportunity to put Australia back in the game by fast-tracking broadband construction".
Tonight at Parliament House Canberra a cross-party Parliamentary Friends of the Internet group was launched by Malcolm Turnbull, Jason Clare and Scott Ludlam.
"The purpose of PFI is to provide a vehicle for informed debate and knowledge transfer between our elected representatives, industry and consumers", commented internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton. Internet Australia initiated the creation of Parliamentary Friends of the Internet.
Internet Australia is delighted to support 2016the National Year of Digital Inclusion; a project launched at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network conference in Sydney this week by Infoxchange, a not-for-profit community organisation that delivers technology for social justice.
“The ability to participate in our digitally enabled future is a basic right of all Australians”, commented Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton. “We welcome the opportunity to work with Infoxchange on this very important initiative”.
Internet Australia today called on Australia and New Zealand to join forces to create a regional innovation zone to rival other international centres of excellence in the emerging digitally enabled world economy.
The proposal was made by Internet Australia’s CEO, Laurie Patton, in a keynote address at the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) in Auckland last night (Thursday 28th August).