Senator Stephen Conroy, Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has throw open the door to hear public submissions on the state of broadband in Australia. The public comments will be fed through to the Panel of Experts who are developing the National Broadband Network Request for Proposals (or in other words, writing the specs and assessing the proposals put forward for building Australia's next generation of broadband infrastructure).
They're operating with a mandate to supply download speeds of at least 12 megabits per second - which suggests to this tech-head that they're not being ambitious enough. So if you want to give reasons why we should have unmetered broadband, not be charged for uploads, or address any of the other bugbears of broadband in Australia, now's your chance.
Further information on the National Broadband Network process and Panel of Experts is available on the Departmental website. Submissions need to be made by snail mail or email to [email protected] by March 30.