Home List of Titles Take your partners: public private interplay in Australian and New Zealand plans for next generation broadband
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- Take your partners: public private interplay in Australian and New Zealand plans for next generation broadband
- Given, Jock
- Within a few days of each other in early 2009, the national governments of Australia and New Zealand announced separate plans to invest heavily in advanced broadband networks. Taxpayers in each country will contribute at least half the estimated cost of fibre-to-the-premises networks reaching the overwhelming majority of households and businesses within 8-10 years. These complex and controversial forms of ‘public private interplay’ demonstrate three trends: a shift away from the liberalization and privatization policy consensus of the last two decades; shared convictions about the anticipated size of fast broadband’s economic and social benefits, and about the need for wholesale-only fixed line network operation to maximize those benefits; and the unlikely impact of the global financial and economic crisis in stimulating investment in particular infrastructures seen as critical to the national economies that emerge from it. This article discusses industry structures and regulation in Australia and New Zealand, their long history of public investment in telecommunications and the recent popularity of public private partnerships (PPPs) with Australian state governments. It outlines the ambitious broadband plans and surveys their prospects. Like so many other policy actions following the global economic crisis, these are distinctively national responses to internationally shared challenges.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology.
- Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 34, no. 9 (Oct 2010), pp. 540-549
- Publication year
- Australia; Broadband; New Zealand; Telecommunications
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
- Peer reviewed