Public lecture demystifies broadband

A public lecture by the Director, La Trobe University Bendigo, Andrew Skewes, will help to de-mystify the questions surrounding Australia’s broadband network.

Andrew SkewesLeon Moulden, chair of the Bendigo chapter of La Trobe University Alumni Association, said the topic of the Alumni Downtown Lecture on Wednesday, 20 October, is relevant to the whole community.

‘Broadband is a topic that interests the whole of our community – from families to small businesses to professionals and educators,’ Mr Moulden said.

Mr Skewes said that he chose to speak about the Federal Government’s $43 billion broadband network because politicians and commentators are polarising debate on the issue, leaving many wondering what this is about and who to believe.

‘Independent MP Tony Windsor and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy are convinced that a government fibre network is the way to go, while business commentator, Terry McCrann, refers to the initiative as “…the government’s $43 billion-going-on-$60 billion insanity” said Mr Skewes.

‘And discussing the broadband issue with the 7.30 Report’s Kerry O’Brien, Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, sought to deflect questions on broadband by stating “… I’m not a tech head."'

‘It’s little wonder that members of the public are somewhat confused about the benefits of broadband and the government’s policy settings’ said Mr Skewes.

Mr Skewes said that his presentation aims to clarify the technical, commercial and economic policy issues around broadband infrastructure and services so that the audience can more confidently make a decision as to the merits or otherwise of the proposal.

Mr Moulden said inviting the Bendigo campus director to present the Alumni Downtown Lecture promotes a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the Alumni membership, many of whom still live or work in the region.

‘The mission of the Alumni is to promote pride and commitment in La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus by providing an ongoing link between the University and our communities and maintaining contact with our graduates,’ added Mr Moulden.

The Alumni Association Downtown Lecture presentation at La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Centre on Wednesday 20 October starts at 6pm.

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