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Government to provide free accessible set-top boxes

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Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has announced that talking set-top boxes will be distributed to blind and vision impaired people as part of the Household Assistance Scheme being co-ordinated by his department’s Digital Switchover Taskforce.

Senator Conroy made the announcement during a radio interview with Robyn Gaile, Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, on the New Horizons program, which is broadcast on Radio for the Print Handicapped and community radio stations across Australia.

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Government’s media convergence review continues to ignore disability


The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released five discussion papers on a range of issues as part of the Convergence Review.  None of the discussion papers is concerned with access to convergent media for people with disabilities.

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Framing paper

In April 2011, the Review Committee released a Framing Paper on the Convergence Review. The Framing Paper indicates the principles which the Committee believes should guide the Review. It includes a number of ‘proposed principles of media and communications regulation’. 

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