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.