Govt sets up wireless broadband inquiry

The Federal Government will establish a House of Representatives Inquiry into wireless broadband technologies.

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston announced the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, will conduct an inquiry into the current and potential use of wireless technologies.

The inquiry will be chaired by Christopher Pyne and will investigate the possibilities of wireless LAN, Bluetooth, LMDS (local multipoint distribution system) and Wireless Local Loop to provide broadband communications in Australia.

"We are currently experiencing a number of exciting developments in the area of wireless technologies for the provision of broadband services," Alston said in a statement.

"During a recent trip to the US, I was impressed by the use of wireless LAN technologies (using 802.11 standard) to provide broadband services. The Government is keen to explore the opportunities for these and other wireless technologies to provide a potential 'last mile' broadband solutions, particularly in rural and regional areas of Australia."

The inquiry will consider the benefits and limitations on the development and use of wireless broadband technologies in Australia, including the effect of the telecommunications regulatory regime.

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