The New Zealand Institute released it’s broadband solution paper this morning.
I’ve been involved a lot on this over the last year and I find it exciting and satisfying that the research has been done, arguments have been debated and that a visionary solution that really can transform New Zealand has been put forward.
The FibeCo solution is very logical and I think takes into account the concerns of the many stakeholders around this issue. Some very smart people took the time to really think about this.
I like that it balances private and public sector needs. It builds on what we learned as a country in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. It is a savvy financial solution.
This has been a frustrating debate. There is so much vested interest and so much micro comment that does not look at the big picture issues.
But I also feel a sadness that this visionary plan, that leverages our competitive advantages of size to get organized, has little chance of actually happening.
Already the knocking machine has started as vested interests blur the issues. It is so hard to move from our flawed status quo.
But most importantly implementing a plan like this takes leadership, vision and balls.
As a country we haven’t displayed many of those qualities recently.