In today's edition of The Australian is an article written by James Massola called Fast broadband best served by market: UN report. Massola quotes from the report by the UN’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development. The report recommends:
"a market-led approach facilitated by an enabling policy environment" as the best way to promote the deployment of and use of broadband networks.
And it has called for a "technology neutral" mix of fibre, wireless and other technologies to get there.
Massola goes on to quote Malcolm Turnbull's response to the the report.
The report found that "it is unlikely that any single technology will be able to provide all the answers".
And while it described optical fibre as "desirable at the core of the Internet and for the majority of backhaul traffic", it found that "at the edges of the network and in particular in the hands of end-users, it is most likely that mobile devices will deliver many applications and services".
Please click here to read the full article and the full commentary from Turnbull.
In the comments below, please let us know what you think about the statement that "Fast Broadband will be best served by the Market". Would the free market delivering a hybrid of technologies be the best broadband network for the country? Or does a single technology such as Fibre to the vast majority of the nation provide a better result?