NBN Futures: The Option of Merging NBN Co with InfraCo, as a Benefit to the Digital Economy

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Peter Gerrand https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1732-0380

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Telecommunications policy, structural separation, National Broadband Network, Telstra, Australian telecommunications

Abstract

No national goal has been set for how the National Broadband Network should provide competitive advantage for Australian small or medium enterprises (SMEs) participating in the global digital economy.  This paper proposes robust national goals for how the NBN should serve both our digital society and our digital economy. From this perspective it considers the merits of merging NBN Co with InfraCo, and the pros and cons of public versus private ownership of the merged entity, “NetCo”.

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