Govt to build NBN

The Australian Government will form its own company and enter into public-private partnerships to build the NBN.

This is great news, but the approach to building the network will be crucial. The Australian Government must seriously consider the role of all levels of government in the build. Canada, which leads Australia in broadband take-up and speeds, used a combination of market aggregation strategies and local and regional initiatives. The NBN announcement provides an opportunity to get the approach right, after years of government failure.

I am speaking on 2GB Radio today about the NBN announcement.