NBN – Broadening the Debate – Final Report from the Inquiry into the Role and Potential of the National Broadband Network

10th Aug 2011. This report, from the Australian government House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, examines the impact of the proposed National Broadband Network being implemented by the Australian Government.

This report seeks to contribute significantly to the national conversation by broadening the debate and the Committee greatly valued the many considered
submissions made by many individuals, organisations and communities across the nation.

Click here to download the report
Click here to download the dissenting (Liberals) report

This report looks at the ways various sectors of government service delivery, economic and regional development and social and community activity can be
enhanced and expanded as a result of the fibre-to-the premises infrastructure of the National Broadband Network.

The report is divided into two parts. Part One discusses the impacts of the NBN on the sectors identified in terms of reference a) to h) of the Minister’s referral. Part Two discusses term of reference i) and a number of other overriding issues concerning the NBN’s implementation that inquiry participants noted will need to be addressed in order to maximise the benefits outlined in Part One.

A key message the Committee received during the inquiry was that while the NBN will be enabling infrastructure for a range of social and economic benefits across all sectors, in order for the potential of the NBN to be maximised, further ‘demand side’ action is needed. Inquiry participants told the Committee that an overarching strategy is needed to outline the Government’s goals for how the NBN will be used and how those goals can be delivered through demand side interventions.

The inquiry received over 235 industry submissions, and a selection of some of the more important ones can be found here.

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