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Anatomy of a public-private partnership: Hold-up and regulatory commitment in Ultrafast Broadband

Bronwyn Howell and Bert Sadowski

Telecommunications Policy, 2018, vol. 42, issue 7, 552-565

Abstract: In recent years, the preference for purely private funding and ownership of telecommunications networks has given way to a ‘new wisdom’ that some form of public funding is now likely necessary if faster and more capacious next generation access (NGA) networks are to be constructed in a timely fashion for the majority of the population. Policy-makers are charged with deciding how that public investment will take place. One approach is via Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), where public and private actors collaborate in UFB (Ultrafast Fibre Broadband) investment, construction and operation. However, the body of analysis of PPPs in NGA networks to guide policy-makers is scant.

Keywords: Regulatory commitment; Hold-up; Broadband policy; Infrastructure investment; New Zealand; Next generation access (NGA) networks; Public-private partnerships (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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