rollout through a new local government alliance.
The Broadband Today Alliance is a collaboration of more than 40
Australian councils working to facilitate the rapid rollout of the NBN
and other networks.
Ipswich has been earmarked as one of the first contenders to benefit
from the high-speed fibre network, and Mayor Paul Pisasale said the
alliance would help Ipswich lead the way with technical, regulatory
and policy issues.
``This is, from an Ipswich point of view, about making sure everybody
understands how it (NBN) can be utilised for the community and to make
a profit in business,'' he said.
Chamber of Commerce president Michael Munt, who also has IT business
Biztopia, said the NBN could transform how business was done in
``In the future if we achieve everything that is hoped with the NBN
rollout, businesses will be able to re-think how they do things.''
Mr Munt said some applications could include greater use technologies
such as VOIP, online meetings, video streaming and interactive news.
``It's going to be a situation where a lot of the new ideas will come
about when we see what is capable,'' he said.
``When businesses are envisaging where they will be in years to come,
NBN and the flow-on technologies should be incorporated into that