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Topic # 31798 31-Mar-2009 09:29 Send private message

Release received today:


Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce is seeking feedback on the government’s proposed model for investment in ultra fast broadband.

Mr Joyce says once finalised, the investment model will deliver on the government’s commitment of ultra fast broadband to 75% of New Zealanders where they live, work and study over the next ten years.

The government is proposing to establish a Crown-owned investment company (“Crown Fibre Investment Co” or CFIC) to drive the government’s investment.

Under the proposal, CFIC will invest alongside private sector co-investors in regional fibre companies that will deploy and provide access to fibre optic network infrastructure in the 25 towns and cities covered by the initiative.

CFIC will operate an open, transparent and contestable process to select local partners with selection based on:

• The amount of additional fibre coverage being proposed
• The proposed capital structure
• Commercial viability of the proposal
• Consistency with government objectives
• Track-record of the partner

Mr Joyce says the open infrastructure model will ensure all telecommunications companies have the option of using the fibre.

“This model aims to provide government investment on favourable terms, while minimising government involvement in commercial operations which we believe the private sector is better positioned to direct.”

The government has committed up to $1.5 billion for the roll out and expects that to be at least matched by private sector investment.

“This is a big investment both in terms of the money committed and the returns it will bring.  It’s essential that we get it right the first time.”

“The government now looks forward to receiving submissions from interested parties,” says My Joyce.
Interested parties have until April 27 to make submissions.






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  Reply # 204406 31-Mar-2009 12:35 Send private message

Without having read the proposal yet and passing no judgement on it, I thought I would give those who are interested a link to the actual document that outlines the FTTH proposal.  As that they are inviting public submissions on it, I suggest those who want to have their say read it and make a submission!  The simple instructions on how to make a submission are on the first page of the PDF. 

Anyway, here is the link taken straight from the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) website:

http://www.med.govt.nz/upload/Final%20broadband%20initiative%20consultation%20document%20-%2031%20March%202009.pdf




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  Reply # 295217 1-Feb-2010 16:50 Send private message

An update on this (old) topic:


Crown Fibre Holdings receives 33 proposals for Ultra-Fast Broadband roll out
1 February 2010

Crown Fibre Holdings Chair Simon Allen today announced that 33 proposals had been received from various parties and consortiums to participate in the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative.

Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) has been established to manage the Crown's $1.5 billion investment in ultra-fast broadband infrastructure over the next ten years. In October 2009, an Invitation to Participate (“ITP”) was issued to interested parties to submit proposals to participate in the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative with Crown Fibre Holdings.

“I am pleased that CFH received 33 proposals from 18 respondents including two competitive national solutions,” Mr Allen said.  “All 33 local fibre areas have proposals, and it is very pleasing that there are a number of proposals from regional New Zealand which have strong community support.”

“CFH is also very pleased to have received a proposal from an experienced international fibre operator,” Mr Allen said. “There is no doubt that, given the quantity of proposals received, that CFH has a number of options to meet the Government requirement of rolling out ultra- fast broadband to 75% of New Zealand’s population, and this is an encouraging step towards achieving that goal.”

Mr Allen indicated that CFH will announce within two weeks an indicative timetable for the process going forward to assess the proposals received.





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  Reply # 295473 2-Feb-2010 17:33 Send private message

Paulthagerous: Without having read the proposal yet and passing no judgement on it, I thought I would give those who are interested a link to the actual document that outlines the FTTH proposal.  As that they are inviting public submissions on it, I suggest those who want to have their say read it and make a submission!  The simple instructions on how to make a submission are on the first page of the PDF. 

Anyway, here is the link taken straight from the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) website:

http://www.med.govt.nz/upload/Final%20broadband%20initiative%20consultation%20document%20-%2031%20March%202009.pdf



That link seems to be a little broken. Try this one:

http://www.med.govt.nz/templates/MultipageDocumentTOC____41865.aspx

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