I haven’t read anything other than the news items on this, but Labor’s proposal to throw a ton of Federal government money at broadband seems to be just what I feared (click here). They are going to target 12Mpbs to 98 percent of the population. It is argued that this would create $30b annual increase in economic activity.
I assume that some research might appear about this but in my investigation of broadband last year there was little to no evidence of an immediate national need for this and also that the rest of the world when they engaged in public expenditure on this was targeting much higher speeds. All this in the context of a public-private partnership where it is unclear that the public will actually be the winner.
This is one of those times when I hope the specifics aren’t too specific and we can take the energy of putting this issue on the agenda to lead to sensible, non-Big Bang, policy formation.