The return of public investment in telecommunications: Assessing the early challenges of the national broadband network policy in Australia

Publisher:
Elsevier Advanced Technology
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Computer Law & Security Report, 2012, 28 (2), pp. 220 - 230
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Against a current trend of investing in the next generation networks (NGNs) by using public funds, the Australian government has initiated a so-called National Broadband Network (NBN) project to invest up to AUD$36 billion tax payers money on building a national wide fibre broadband network aiming to cover 93 per cent Australian by 2020. As being the most costly infrastructure-building project in Australian history, the NBN project promises to deliver super-fast broadband services, create jobs and promote the countrys economy at large. This article will critically analyse the NBN project in Australia and highlight the challenges that are coming alone at this early stage of the deployment, so the Australias experience of pubic investment in broadband networks can be shared and lessons can be learnt.
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