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Telstra must offer broadband trade-off (The Age)

Categories: Further Reading & Research, Support Material
Date: 15 February 2008

A February, 2008 article in The Age’s Business section covering the Federal Government’s call for tenders for the development of the National Broadband Network.

From the article:

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced that the Rudd Government will soon call tenders for a national broadband network offering substantial government capital investment.

Public policy has a great track record in building valuable telecommunications infrastructure. One lesson from the past 150 years is the constructive role the public sector played by providing the vision and seeding capital to create three major communications platforms. They are Australia’s overland telegraph in the 1870s (in which the South Australian government invested 60% of its annual budget), communications satellites funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from the 1950s, and the early internet, funded by the US government from the 1960s to the 1990s.

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