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Friday, 27 February 2009 01:21

NZ Gov't promises dark fibre

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New Zealand communications minister, Steven Joyce, has fleshed out (slightly) his government's promise to spend $NZ1.5b to deliver fibre to 75 percent of New Zealand homes within five years.

Addressing the Broadband at the Crossroads conference he said: "I can tell you today that it's our intention to invest at the infrastructure level - ie that is the provision of dark fibre infrastructure."

He explained "We anticipate that that is the level that the market will not provide at this point. And government investment at that level will facilitate the competitive commercial provision of ultra fast broadband services over fibre, with the minimum regulatory intervention."

Joyce also outlined "the five principles that will underpin and guide our broadband investment." He listed these as being: not to give undue advantage to existing broadband network providers; that the network is open-access; that excessive duplication of the network be avoided; that everyday Kiwis get affordable world-class broadband services; that this public-private partnership remains focussed on New Zealand's economic future and not the legacy of our economic past. He promised to "have more to say on this front in the next few weeks."

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