National award win for council’s Broadband Today Alliance

Broadband Today Sunshine Coast
Broadband Today Sunshine CoastBroadband Today Alliance (BTA) has taken out a top gong in the Economic Development Australia Awards.
The award was announced last night at the National Economic Development Conference 2011 held in Adelaide, with Sunshine Coast Council representative, Broadband and Digital Economy Manager Michael Whereat, in attendance to receive the award.
BTA, a Sunshine Coast Council-led initiative, won the Digital Productivity category in these national awards for pioneering an organisation committed to developing the digital economy in Australia and enhancing the benefits of the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.
“In just a short time the Broadband Today Alliance has become a well established network,” Mr Whereat said.
“BTA is a collaboration of 115 local governments and 45 affiliate organisations representing a significant population base of more than 6 million – or one in 3.5 – Australians, an excellent outcome for an organisation that is still so relatively new.
“As a result of this collaboration there have been many things achieved.  These include collaboration with the state government to establish a working relationship and united approach to state and regional interests in the NBN rollout.”
Mr Whereat said that BTA was also collaborating directly with NBN Co on practical issues affecting the rollout of the NBN in local areas.
Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Lew Brennan said council was absolutely delighted with this national acknowledgement of its efforts to improve participation in the Digital Economy.
“BTA has put us well ahead of the field in terms of preparing for the NBN,” he said.
“The NBN rollout will take some years, but through the efforts of BTA, council is ensuring that the Sunshine Coast is squarely in the vision of the NBN.”
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