Federal government newspaper advertising has been cancelled from next week. What could this possibly mean?

Rumours are flying around the NT about a recent punch up between Mal Brough and his colleague NT Senator Nigel Scullion. They were at Lasseters Hotel Casino in Alice Springs when fisticuffs broke out. One eyewitness says Scullion hit first but then was floored by Brough, whose military training evidently came to the fore. It sounded as if they were arguing over who could claim responsibility for the Government’s NT intervention. Scullion, of course, was the subject of recent police investigations into reports that he drank alcohol in a dry NT community.

Huge implications for media/pay TV/telecommunications landscape being determined right now. This isn’t exactly a secret but the ramifications are not well understood. Left of field, Seven has surfaced to promptly and aggressively try to take over Unwired. Unwired in its current state (a medium size ISP) is not of any interest to anyone. Its key asset is the spectrum it holds in capital cities. It’s slowly only now dawning on people the enormous value and wide variety of uses it has. It may already be too late as Seven has already launched a takeover of Unwired I suggest its well worth the investigation. Hint: Mobile Wimax vs HSDPA, Multicasting, C7 possibly resurrected to challenge Foxtel, VOIP, fixed line dependency challenged. FTTN economics threatened. etc. etc.

Peter Fray

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