Regional Telecommunications Review panel appointed

Individuals with broad experience in telecommunications, business and farming have been appointed to the newest Regional Telecommunications Review. In a significant shift from the standard mix, women dominate the committee.

A panel including a beef farmer, a regional CEO, a business advisor and telecommunications consultant will review the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia.

Deena Shiff

Deena Shiff

The committee appointed for 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review will be chaired by Deena Shiff, a former Telstra executive who also chairs a start-up building mobile phone apps designed for 2G low-bandwidth networks.

Shiff will be joined by Su McCluskey, the CEO of the regional policy think tank Regional Australia Institute, Georgie Somerset, a beef producer and company director from southern Queensland who also advises both national and state governments on farming and rural planning, and Robin Eckermann, a long-time telecommunications consultant with expertise in broadband and the environment.

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