Standing up for Canberra

Online Broadcasting

Over the past few months I have been contacted by dozens of frustrated Canberrans. The reason for their frustration is that despite being in the 21st Century, despite living in Australia’s national capital, they are unable to listen to radio online.

Over the past few months I have been contacted by dozens of frustrated Canberrans. The reason for their frustration is that despite being in the 21st Century, despite living in Australia’s national capital, they are unable to listen to radio online.

Why – I hear you ask? Streaming radio online is relatively common place in this day and age – surely it’s made it to Canberra by now.

Well unfortunately it’s not a technological barrier preventing them from listening – it’s an Abbott Government barrier.

The Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has had on his desk for nearly eight months the recommendations of the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee calling on him to resolve ambiguity that currently exists around whether online broadcasting is a simulcast, or a separate broadcast.

But in all this time he has done nothing to resolve this ambiguity.

While this ambiguity exists, radio stations are paying double for their licencing fees, which has forced nearly 200 regional radio stations - including many right here in Canberra - to cease online broadcasting altogether.

Sign the petition to demand Malcom Turnbull take action to resolve this situation – because in 2014 it’s not too much to ask to be able to listen to radio online.