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The National Broadband Network in Australia and the Ultra-Fast Broadband Network in New Zealand: Analysing the Political and Technical Aspects

WithFERNANDO BELTRÁN

Governments throughout the world are increasingly concerned with their countries’ state of access to broadband networks. Consequently, they develop initiatives to accelerate the deployment of higher-speed access networks and backbones either through committing public funds or incentivizing private investment. In spite of their sometimes confl icting and disparate efforts to enhance broadband infrastructure, most governments acknowledge that broadband networks are a vehicle to further economic growth. In particular, the governments of Australia and New Zealand are developing national fi bre-based broadband infrastructures on their own terms, mostly relying on public funds and government leadership.