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

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Computer Law and Security Review, 2012, 28 (2), pp. 220 - 230
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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 payer's 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 country's 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 Australia's experience of pubic investment in broadband networks can be shared and lessons can be learnt. © 2012 Grace Li. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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