August National Conference 2014

Thank you to those who attended the BTA National Seminar - Theme –Smart Cities / Regions & WiFi. Presentations can be viewed in our secure members area shortly. Included speakers from BigAir, Ruckus, ACCAN and a major presentation on Smart City Development in the European Union with Prof. Lutz Heuser, CTO Urban Software Institute & EU Smart Cities Advisor. National Seminars are free to Members. Join now!

August National Conference 2014

Cool new video on How to get the most out of your BTA membership

Watch the video here or go to Membership to get more detail.
Cool new video on How to get the most out of your BTA membership

What is the Broadband Today Alliance?

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What is the Broadband Today Alliance?


A new report, conducted jointly by Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Arthur D. Little and Chalmers University of Technology in 33 OECD countries, quantifies the isolated impact of broadband speed, showing that doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by 0.3%. read more..


Join Broadband Today! Memberships being offered for 2014-2015

Come and join our growing community. We are currently offering organisational, affiliate and individual memberships with Broadband Today for the 2014-15 financial year. Thanks to the help and expertise of our members, we have significantly reduced our membership fees to ensure ALL Local Governments, RDA/ROC’s, Affiliates and Individuals, benefit from Broadband Today Affiliation. Join now!

Join Broadband Today! Memberships being offered for 2014-2015

A Day Made of Glass

Watch "A Day Made of Glass" and take a look at Corning's vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. 
A Day Made of Glass

Smart Grid, Smart City

An independent report that has been prepared and developed following the successful completion of the Australian Government’s $100 million Smart Grid, Smart City Program. View the report here.
Smart Grid, Smart City

Steve Reneker - CIO City of LA

We spoke to Steve Reneker - City of Los Angeles CIO as part of our Master Class on Smart Cities. Steve covers his experiences with the City of Riverside and now as CIO of one of the worlds largest metropolitan city councils. Enjoy these excerpts from the interview. Become a BTA member to see the full version. 
Steve Reneker - CIO City of LA

Welcome to Broadband Today

Welcome to Broadband Today. Here you can find how to access and use Broadband in your business, community or residence…today. This site includes material on the National Broadband Network (NBN) the Digital (broadband) economy in a format that suits you and your business or your community. ...Read More

5th August 2014 - Broadband Today Alliance forms strategic partnership with Urban Institute of Germany. View the Media Release here.

What Makes a Smart Community?
The Broadband Today Alliance has released a White Paper - What Makes a Smart Community to emphasize how Smart Communities are cities and regions that use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance and diversify, solve social and infrastructure problems, support growth and enrich lives in the 21st Century.   
BTA Whitepaper: What makes a Smart Community?
BTA Whitepaper Media Release : Media Release - What is a Smart Community?

Another example of leadership from the BTA - The NBN Telecommunications Regulatory Arrangements Submission prepared on behalf of our members. Click here to view:  BTA Paper NBN Telecommunications Regulatory Arrangements

Welcome to recent new members of the Broadband Today Alliance 2014-15:
• Ipswich City Council (Matt Schultz)
• Cook Shire Council (Sarah Henderson)
• Gympie Regional Council (Lynne Wilbraham)
• Balonne Shire Council (Alanna McHugh)
• Western Downs Regional Council (Peter Greet)
• Cardno (Brook Kitson)
• Townsville City Council (Warren Cheetham)
• Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation (Joseph Cullen)
• Moreton Bay Regional Council (Mark Forbes)
• RDA Murraylands & Riverland (Nicolle Jachmann)
• LGAQ (Tracy Haynes)
• RDA Moreton Bay (Andrew Quain)
• Coffs Harbour City Council (Barry Davis)
• South Burnett Regional Council (Lynelle Paterson)
• BigAir Group Limited (Jean Morel)
• Wanganui District Council (Marianne Archibald),
• Southern Grampians Shire Council (Hugh Koch)
• Bundaberg Regional Council (Cameron Bisley)
• RDA Peel (John Lambrecht)
• Horsham Rural City Council (Peter Brown)
• Bass Coast Shire Council (Peter Francis)
• City of Greater Geraldton (Dennis Duff)
• Lismore City Council (Mark Batton)
• Sunshine Coast Council (Jenny Chua)
• RDA Loddon Mallee (Margaret O'Rourke)
• City of Whittlesea (Brad Wynter)
• RDA Logan and Redlands (Mariae Leckie)
• RDA Northern Rivers (Kimmaree Thompson)
• East Gippsland Shire Council (Stephen Klienitz)
• Australian Information Industry Association (Suzanne Campbell)
• Queensland University of Technology (Lucy Cradduck)

Recent Events:
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Theme – The NWN (National Wi-Fi Network)
Location: Tweed Shire Council and Broadband Today Alliance Online Meeting Environment via GoToWebinar.
Included speakers from BigAir, Ruckus, ACCAN and a major presentation on Smart City Development in the European Union with Prof. Lutz Heuser, CTO Urban Software Institute & EU Smart Cities Advisor.

June 4th-5th BTA National Seminar as part of the National Smart Communities Conference.
Melbourne, Australia and Online.

Included the following presentations:
* Masterclass: Creating a Smart Community. Masterclass Facilitator: Broadband Today Alliance. This four hour Master Class explored in detail the key technology enablers in which Smart Communities are working to transform and diversify their local economies.
* Broadband State of Play - Co-presenters: Michael Whereat & Matthew Schultz, Broadband Today Alliance (BTA). This presentation examined the NBN roll-out current state of play (post Strategic Review) as well as alternatives to the NBN including 4G and WiFi.
Become a member to join our Online Meeting Environment for bi-monthly Seminars and view past presentations BTA Membership

The Sunshine Coast Council have developed a sub site designed for business and community members to access detailed broadband and digital economy information. With over 1500 unique visitors per month the competitive collaboration project is achieving strong recognition locally and helping their investment attraction program. See for yourself -

What cloud services do we use? Google Apps for Business - for our email, documents and secure pages, Google Drive - for our cloud storage and local sync Business Catalyst - Web CMS, GotoMeeting & GotoWebinar - on-line conferencing from 2 to 200 and more, Nimble - Customer Relationship Manager. What are you using?   

News Flash

Mobile Black Spots


The Department of Communications has released the final list of 6000 locations nominated as mobile black spots, and is inviting people who have previously nominated locations to have a final check to ensure that the area is listed prior to the closure of the database on 15 October (next Wednesday). The Department has advised that the map will still be publically available after that date, but that..

Robot folds itself up and walks away


August 7, 2014 (BOSTON) — A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks™ — the classic children's toy that shrinks when heated — to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human intervention. Click for more detail (

Get Up To Speed Program A Finalist in Internet Awards


Australia and New Zealand’s leading contributors to the use and development of the Internet have been recognised, with 29 finalists announced for the 2014 ANZIAs (Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards). The ANZIAs recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community, on the Int..

Smart Street Lighting for Smart Cities


Rapidly increasing opportunities amidst an industry transformation Many cities have begun replacing their high-pressure sodium street lights with LEDs. While the motivation for these replacements typically focuses on cost and energy savings from improved efficiency and longer lamp lifetimes, a growing number of cities are discovering the benefits of incorporating new sensors and networked contro..

Real Urgency for Smart Communities


In the last few years I've attended a number of events on the 'Smart City', or some variation of that theme. Discussions at these events have typically focused on technologies, systems or public policy frameworks to make things 'Smarter'. Unfortunately 'Smart Cities' has quickly become one of those ambiguous terms where it can mean everything but also nothing. Recently I attended a differen..