Why We Should Beef Up Broadband: Look at Australia

The government of Australia has committed AUS $43 billion (US $38.9 billion) to build out a national fiber-to-the-home network that will serve 93 percent of its citizens, with those in rural areas guaranteed satellite or wireless service of up to 12 Mbps.The government's plans also include opening the network to commercial providers that might want to offer access as well as services through the pipe, creating a communications network that might resemble Google's proposed fiber network, but on a much larger scale.

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