Government funds, sometimes in partnership with private organisations, a major expansion project to increase broadband service reach and performance.
Australia: The National Broadband Network is a federal programme to improve connectivity across Australia, by replacing existing infrastructure and introducing mobile and wireless technology to improve coverage in rural areas.
Argentina: A consortium of telecommunications providers announced an alliance to develop a fibre optic network that links Argentina, Brazil and Chile that will improve broadband services in northern Argentina.
Brazil: Government invests $4 billion in broadband infrastructure development by giving tax relief to projects registered with the Ministry of Communications.
Large scale projects can be politically sensitive, expensive and subject to delays, particularly in reference to Australia’s National Broadband Network.
Funding projects may neglect specific areas of a nation.
Privately sponsored infrastructure projects could create broadband monopolies in some places.
Questions over funding of universal service obligations, and unintended consequences of subsidising non-targeted consumers.