Government announces grant for new telecoms consumer group

3 Dec 2008

The Australian government will provide a grant of AUD700,000 (USD449,000) to assist in establishing a new organisation to watch over consumer rights in the telecoms sector. CNet Australia reports that, having announced the creation of the Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN) in August 2008, the government funds are expected to help with start up costs for the organisation. ACCAN is expected to launch officially in 2009. Communications minister Stephen Conroy, commenting on the government-backed body, said, ‘This is an important development for consumers, who through this new group will have a more powerful voice and will be better represented in the establishment of frameworks for future service delivery.’