It’s incredible. Instead of a plan of action, the Minister has delivered yet another committee to ‘look at the matter’. When that committee reports, their recommendations won’t even be accepted. Instead, the Minister says their report will be ‘published for wider consultation’.
We have had committees, commissions, and steering groups. Now we have a forum. Yet we already know what needs to be done. Instead of setting up talking shops, the Minister should support my Broadband Bill. It has targets for universal coverage and penetration. It establishes a National Broadband Network. It gives him the necessary power to enforce competition.
He should adopt by Bill now, before the Forum he has established recommends he does so.