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International Trade Law Implications of Australia's National Broadband Network


Tania S. Voon


University of Melbourne - Melbourne Law School

Andrew D. Mitchell


University of Melbourne - Melbourne Law School

August 3, 2011

Melbourne University Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2011
U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 549

Abstract:     
Australia’s National Broadband Network has come under intense domestic scrutiny and is also being closely monitored by international stakeholders. However, the focus on local political and legal issues obscures a broader potential problem: ensuring compliance with Australia’s obligations under the World Trade Organization agreements and bilateral trade arrangements. In an attempt to reveal the nuances of international trade law and its relationship to the government’s plans, this article highlights several areas of possible complication, including the creation of NBN Co as a government business enterprise, the identification of points of interconnection to NBN Co’s network, and the policy goal of achieving uniform national wholesale pricing for NBN Co’s services. International trade law deserves greater consideration and transparency in the implementation of Australia’s National Broadband Network, which may also offer lessons for other countries pursuing analogous projects.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: telecommunications, WTO, broadband, NBN, GATS, international trade law, services trade

JEL Classification: K33

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Date posted: June 24, 2011 ; Last revised: August 3, 2011

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Voon, Tania S. and Mitchell, Andrew D., International Trade Law Implications of Australia's National Broadband Network (August 3, 2011). Melbourne University Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2011; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 549. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1871686

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Tania Voon (Contact Author)
University of Melbourne - Melbourne Law School ( email )
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
Australia
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University of Melbourne - Melbourne Law School ( email )
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Victoria, 3010
Australia
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