Kiwi Connected What Can the U.S. Learn From New Zealand's Broadband Plan? Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm Half a world away, New Zealand shares similar broadband goals to the United States, aiming for 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds for three-quarters of the nation. But where New Zealand stands apart is direct government investment to bring the country up to speed with fiber. While the United States has long since abandoned unbundling regulations that have inspired the policies of nations around the world, the New Zealand plan aims to build an open-access fiber network to spur competition. Please join the New America Foundation for a discussion of New Zealand's ambitious new broadband initiative, what might be different in the land of Kiwi, and whether there is potential for such ideas to inspire the United States to meet our own broadband goals. We have invited Graham Mitchell, CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings, the state-owned company managing the expansion, to discuss its plans with several expert guests. Tom Glaisyer Knight Media Policy Fellow New America Foundation Speakers Joanne Hovis President Columbia Telecommunications Corporation Ben Lennett Senior Policy Analyst, Open Technology Initiative New America Foundation Blair Levin Communications and Society Fellow Aspen Institute Graham Mitchell CEO Crown Fiber Holdings
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