Just back from hearing John Key deliver his broadband investment speech at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce event.
“- If dial up could deliver Trade Me, who knows what might be delivered by fibre to the home.”
- It was the first major policy announcement from National, and probably a good choice of policy areas to start with.
- It was great so see some vision and leadership.
- It didn’t lock in a particular model - which at this stage is a good idea.
- I like the approach of being clear about a number of principles that will guide process towards a solution.
- The approach acknowledges the need to work with the private sector.
- National, and especially Maurice, must have listened and been working hard in the background since the digital summit. Great to see they listened.
- Kudos to the hard work the New Zealand Institute did on quantifying the public benefit
As I’ve mentioned before I think our industry can have some pride at moving this from a technical issue, to a business issue, to government policy. To have politicians come to terms with the complexity of our industry, the commercial sensitivities but fully understand the importance is a good win.
This is good stuff and vital to NZ. Most reasonable people would agree. Looking forward to hearing what you guys think.