Community Fibre Plan takes shape
As has been reported in May , the CRLLEN has been successful in securing 0.248 Million from the Federal Government’s Community Based Demand Aggregation Broker Programme. The project is a joint partnership between the Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires. Macedon Ranges Shire will be the lead agent.
The project is the Central Ranges Community Based Demand Aggregation Broker. The broker will work with individuals, businesses, councils and other broadband users to aggregate demand in their region and then attract the best mix of broadband service providers for local needs
The CRLLEN is working with Federal, State and Local government jurisdictions to identify the needs of communities, businesses and individuals across the CRLLEN area and develop strategies that will produce a coherent telecommunications strategy that will support increased investment, employment and education opportunities across the region.
The July 2003 meeting of the Ministerial Council for Education, Employment Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) endorsed the National Bandwidth Action Plan – Learning in an online world 2003-06 as the basis for the development of the National Implementation Plan.
The National Implementation Plan 2004-05 provides the detail critical to realising the intent of the action plan, including identification of opportunities for collaborative work with the other education sectors and Commonwealth agencies. The plan is responsive to national and jurisdictional strategic policy initiatives and to changing market conditions. It recognises that increased connectivity and improved infrastructure are critical to maximising educational opportunities afforded by digital content and services.
The National Broadband Strategy announced in March 2004 addresses the recommendation of the Broadband Advisory Group that the Australian
Government adopts a coordinated approach to broadband in a national strategy. It provides funding for the:
- National Broadband Strategy Implementation Group (NBSIG)
- Coordinated Communications Infrastructure Fund (CCIF)
- Demand Aggregation Broker Program
- Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).
A key element of the strategy is the appointment of the National Broadband Advisor for Education who will work closely with the school sector.
The National Implementation Plan 2004-05 leverages opportunities that flow to the school education sector from the National Broadband Strategy.
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- COINS Initiative
- Victoria Launches “SmartOne” initiative
- $146 Million for State ICT
- Minister Thomson in Seymour – Broadband Framework
- Central Ranges Community Based Demand Aggregation Broker.
- Federal Government Community Demand Aggregation Website
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