NZ Herald: Time for debate on how to use fast broadband

Helen Twose writes in the New Zealand Herald about the author of the Digital Britain report, Lord Stephen Carter’s assertion that New Zealand needs to decide how best to use the additional capacity to be provided by the government-backed ultra-fast broadband network currently being planned.

The eventual use of a broadband network can affect how the network is designed and deployed.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Carter said the economics of large-scale residential fibre deployment don’t necessarily add up, so a leap of faith is required.

“”It’s understandable that right now the real focus is on the infrastructure.”

“He said the arrival of devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, with the rise in video conferencing and home-working technology, would boost demand for data hugely over the next few years.”