Australia’s fibre-optic network backbone begins

The federal government is a week away from seeing the first sod of soil turned in the construction of fibre-optic backbone links for its ambitious $43 billion national broadband network.Mount Isa in northwest Queensland will be the first site in mainland Australia to have fibre-optic lines laid as part of the government’s $250 million regional backbone blackspots program.To read this report in The Australian in full, see: see:Conroy and his duel with the bureaucrats
Stephen Conroy is copping political flak over the bungled tender for the original broadband network s abandoned by the Rudd government last year.But the new minister was always hamstrung by the inept and legalistic process foisted on him by his department and former departmental secretary Patricia Scott.

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