The Federal Government has announced annual funding of $2 million to a new communications sector representative body set to launch at the beginning of July.
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) will be tasked with raising “the voice of communications consumers”. In a release, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said existing arrangments had failed end-users.
"ACCAN will take a key role in the communications regulatory process, resulting in better outcomes for consumers, but also for industry and ultimately the self-regulatory industry regime," he said in the statement.
ACCAN’s website claims the deal “more than doubles the resourcing for consumer representation in the communications industry and as a result we are about to enter a new era for communications consumers in Australia”.
The news comes on the back of comments by NICTA CEO, Dr David Skellern, that there are too many industry representative bodies. He was speaking at a CeBIT panel discussion in Sydney titled, Identifying and Addressing the Issues in Creating the Digital Economy.
The NICTA head’s call for the industry to pull together in order to capitalise on projects such as the national broadband network (NBN) was supported by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).