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H.E.   Senator Stephen  CONROY

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Commonwealth of Australia

"It is with great pleasure that I accept the invitation to be a founding Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. I look forward to sharing Australia’s experiences in developing a national broadband network as well as contributing to the work of the Commission. I also welcome the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other ITU Member States."

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy was appointed Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in December 2007.

Stephen has a broad range of portfolio responsibilities, not least the National Broadband Network—the largest nation-building infrastructure project in Australian history, and the enabling foundation for Australia’s digital economy. Other responsibilities include Australia’s digital television switchover, the national broadcasters the ABC and SBS, media policy, community broadcasting, cyber security and cyber-safety, radio frequency spectrum and Australia Post, among other things.

Passionate about media and communications and about engaging with industry to foster innovation and growth, Stephen has had active involvement in the communications portfolio since November 2001.