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Conroy: More education needed to counter NBN attacks

Conroy: More education needed to counter NBN attacks

Singles out Sydney radio shock jocks for attacking NBN

Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has indicated more education on the National Broadband Network (NBN) is required in order to counter some of the vicious attacks, particularly from Sydney shock jocks.

At Cisco Live in Melbourne, Conroy said the Government faced a far greater challenge in Sydney than the rest of country.

He singled out Sydney radio shock jocks Alan Jones, Ray Hadley, Chris Smith and Michael Smith, as catalysts to the attacks.

“Sydney is a unique situation,” Conroy said. “There's a particular Sydney drum beat that is championing a conservative push in Australia that comes from some media outlets and particular shock jocks I just talked about. Every single day they attack, attack, attack.”

Conroy also referred to some figures, that showed across 40 working days from December to January, the shock jocks attacked the NBN 158 times.

“Good news for the rest of Australia, is that they don't broadcast around Australia,” he said.

“There's more we're going to have to do in education to counter some of the veracity of the attacks on us.”

But Conroy was confident that as more examples of the NBN in action builds up, the debate will be begin to fade away.

The NBN has been attracting a lot of debate and criticism from industry pundits.

Internode's managing director, Simon Hackett, has previously voiced his concerns that ISPs with less than 250,000 customers were going to be disadvantaged in regards to the NBN's 122 points of interconnect agreement with the Government and consumer watchdog, ACCC.

Instead, they'll have to purchase NBN services through wholesale aggregators.

“What you're going to see is innovative companies that are going to come into the market to do new things that aren't done to this model,” he said.

Conroy said Hackett had a chance to make a submission to the ACCC and it would have been welcomed.

“Simon's made a range assumptions that are a legitimate debate, but fundamentally it was a decision by the ACCC, and when Simon and Internode had a chance, they didn't submit to the ACCC,” he said.


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