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Broadband in Australia: First Steps in Policy and Regulation

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In 2009, the Australian Government announced that it would fund and establish a national broadband network in order to ensure that Australian across the nation would have access to superfast broadband. The national broadband network is a complex undertaking technically and commercially, but it also raises significant policy and regulatory challenges. The Government has already commenced legislative reform of existing telecommunications and competition regulation, but, in other areas, especially media regulation, policy discussion has been almost completely absent. This note explains the structure of the national broadband network and the regulatory steps already underway, and suggest also some other areas where significant policy and regulatory challenges will emerge.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2010

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