Australia - Coalition Government Broadband Policies - 2007


The report has been archived. Since winning government in 1996, the Federal Coalition Government has been slow in embracing broadband as a national telecoms infrastructure priority. It was not until the privatisation of Telstra that finally in 2005 the government started to become more serious about broadband. Under political pressure $3 billion was allocated for regional service delivery and the associated infrastructure. In 2007 the government also announced its plan for a fibre network for metropolitan Australia. Other policy initiatives covered in this report include: Connect Australia, Broadband Connect, Broadband Guarantee, Clever Networks and Metropolitan Black Spots.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Connect Australia
  • 3. Broadband Connect
    • 3.1 Broadband Connect Contract Awarded – OPel
  • 4. Clever Networks
    • 4.1 First Round of funding
  • 5. Broadband Guarantee
    • 5.1 2008 Update
  • 6. Australian Broadband Development Network
  • 7. Australia Connected – National Fibre Networks
  • 8. Government Broadband inventory
  • 9. Metro blackspots fund
  • 10. Related reports

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Number of pages 7

Status Archived

Last updated 2 Feb 2009
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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