The Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), today launched NBN: A Guide for Consumers, designed to offer all Australians simple information about the National Broadband Network.

ACCAN Chief Executive Teresa Corbin said the new publication would cut through the technical and political debate surrounding the establishment of the Network.

“The NBN is going to fundamentally change the Australian social, economic and cultural landscape in a way we haven’t seen since the establishment of the electricity grid,” said ACCAN Chief Executive Teresa Corbin.

“We think it vitally important that all Australians have access to jargon-free information about what the NBN will mean for them, regardless of their income, their age or their disability.” 

Launching the Guide at ACCAN’s Sydney office today, Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband Communications & the Digital Economy said “It is important for people to understand how the NBN will change lives.

“This Guide goes to the next step and drills down to the pointy end of the project. ACCAN has done this as part of its commitment to better inform people and organisations.” 

Executive Director of ISOC-AU Holly Raiche said “It’s time everyone understood what the NBN can do. We were delighted to be part of this important step in explaining the future.” 

NBN: Guide for Consumers can be found on ACCAN’s new website and is fully accessible with web, print, audio and Auslan versions available. 

ACCAN used the publication of the Guide to launch its new website, which is says will be an excellent resource for ACCAN members, consumers, industry, regulators, government and the media. 

ACCAN’s new website was designed by Energetica to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level ‘AA’ guidelines.