This submission to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network highlights issues including that:
- Information and communications technologies (ICT) are important to improving labour productivity.
- The government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) proposal sets a laudable objective to increase broadband provision and offers a roadmap for the ICT sector. But it is also a significant departure from past ICT policy approaches and the approach recommended of the OECD.
- The government should provide, publicly and in full, a cost–benefit analysis of the NBN that sets out that sets out the investment case and broader economic and social benefits of the planned rollout.
- Business and community confidence in this major public investment can be increased by demonstrating that the NBN proposal offers the best way forward compared to alternative market-based policy settings favoured by the OECD and other countries.