Thus, in NZ, noone will be able to afford high speed broadband because of the high cost of deployment. Not until our GDP per capita is high enough that the high cost seems low.
Our GDP per capita is irrelevant in the short term, when concerning infrastructure spending, so even if it did magically increase a lot, it wouldn't help any time soon.
TinyTim:Or we have significant public investment.
Exactly. This is the only answer for NZ, so it's useless to argue all day long about population, population density, GDP per capita, etc, because massive public investment is the only thing that's going to get us out of this mess, and we should have done it a long time ago.