What's happening with Federal ICPA?
Posted on December 23, 2016
- The 2016 Federal Conference Minutes are now published and can be downloaded here.
- Home Educated Students and the nbn Sky Muster Education Port:
Home Education Students are now eligible for nbn's Education Port. Geographically Isolated and Medical enrolment Home Education Students (K -12) who have registered with their State Education Department, are in receipt of the Federal Government’s Geographically Isolated or the Medical AIC Allowance and are in a nbn Sky Muster designated area, may now apply to a Retail (Internet) Service Provider (RSP) for access to the nbn Sky Muster Education Port. More information is available here.
During 2016, fourteen Federal Submissions were lodged to various Government committies. This is another way that members voices are being heard during the process where decisions are made that involve rural and remote education.
The Communications Portfolio submitted two submissions in November. One being a consumer representation into the review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 Issues paper regarding the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).
The second was to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ACCC) into the Domestic Mobile Roaming Declaration Inquiry. Although the data roaming motion was lost at the 2016 Federal Conference in Perth, Federal Council saw this inquiry as an opportunity to bring forth members lack of mobile access in rural and remote Australia.
- Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition Launch
New Coalition formed to end the data drought
A group of like-minded advocacy groups have come together to end the data drought by forming the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition to champion better communications services for consumers and small businesses living in rural, remote or regional areas. Read more.
Visit the Federal ICPA website to learn more.