InternetNZ’s stage 1 broadband study due

Executive committee to evaluate report and decide whether to proceed with Stage 2

InternetNZ is due to receive the preliminary outline of a study into competing broadband strategies for New Zealand — including those of the major political parties and various private-sector lobbies.

Auckland company Network Strategies won the contract to produce the evaluation. Deadline for completion of Stage 1 of the project, encompassing “discovery, scoping and literature review” was September 12.

When the initial report is in InternetNZ’s hands, its newly created executive committee will evaluate it and decide whether to proceed with Stage 2, the detailed evaluation, said InternetNZ spokesman Jordan Carter last week.

Stage 2, the detailed work, is scheduled to be completed by late October, which, barring a sudden rescheduling by the government, will drop it into the last stages of election campaign.

The study is a general proposal, to be refined later on.

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