The federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced that all parties participating in the National Broadband Network process will now have 12 weeks to consider network information from the date all material is made available.
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“In February, I wrote to carriers seeking the voluntary disclosure of network information. All carriers either have or are working towards providing this information in a timely manner and I welcome this cooperative approach,” Senator Conroy said.
“Telstra has provided some network information however despite its best efforts some information is not yet available.”
“The provision of network information is vital to allow potential proponents to build the network to compete on an equal basis.”
For this reason the Government says it will ensure potential proponents will have 12 weeks to consider network information before being required to lodge their proposals. The Government will amend the Request for Proposals to reflect this timetable.