The Federal Government’s decision to drop the Tasmanian Government as a joint venture partner in the National Broadband Network’s rollout is a worrying sign, according to telco boss and Anittel executive chairman, Peter Kazacos.
His comments come on the back of the confirmation from Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, that the Tasmanian NBN rollout will be controlled by the Federal Government-funded company alone.
“I’m not sure that’s a wise move,” Kazacos said. “Industries are pretty tight-knit down there and they do work closely with the local governments.
“The Tasmanian Government knows exactly which companies need assistance and I think it is [a worry to cut them out].”
Kazacos also said the move in Tasmania could signal a national trend by NBN Co to leave local and state governments out of joint-venture rollouts.
“Locals and state governments best understand the issues facing their communities and can go to the [Federal] Government and tell them ‘it should be rolled out here, here and here,’” he said.
The rocky partnership had been in trouble for several months. In August, the Tasmanian NBN board dumped all three members appointed by Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett.