ACCAN CEO wins Charles Todd Medal for championing consumers


news Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) CEO Teresa Corbin has won this year’s Charles Todd Medal for her efforts representing consumer interests throughout her almost 20 year career in the telecoms industry.

In a statement, ACCAN said: “Teresa’s dedication and commitment to ensuring consumers have a voice at the table is second to none, she tirelessly champions affordability, accessibility and availability of communications services for all Australian consumers.”

In her acceptance speech, Teresa stressed the importance of addressing consumer interests in the marketplace and noted that the best outcomes were achieved when consumers and industry worked together constructively.

The Charles Todd Medal is a telecoms industry award that is given each year via the Telecommunications Association (TelSoc) to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the industry.

People are selected on the basis that they best embody the “spirit” of Charles Todd, the pioneer of Australian communications that led the construction of the overland telegraph. That important work promoted faster and more efficient commerce and communications between Australia and the rest of the world when it was completed in 1872.

ACCAN (the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network) is a body for consumer representation in communications. It represents residential consumers and small businesses including not-for profit organisations in so far as they are consumers. The organisation focuses on goods and services encompassed by the converging areas of telecommunications, the Internet and broadcasting, including both current and emerging technologies.

TelSoc is a multidisciplinary society which aims to “promote knowledge, understanding and excellence in telecommunications and its applications including the digital economy”. It provides monthly lectures, industry networking events, an information website and the quarterly online Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital economy as the telecoms industry’s journal of record.

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