Australian Commission to Study Cost Benefits of Public-Safety Broadband (1/29/15)
Thursday, January 29, 2015 | Comments

Australia’s Productivity Commission will undertake a cost-benefit analysis on the best way to deliver a mobile broadband capability for public-safety agencies in the country.

The government will ask the Productivity Commission to undertake a “first principles” analysis of the most efficient and effective way of delivering the capability by 2020, including the most cost-effective combination of private and public inputs, services and expertise.

The commonwealth, state and territory governments all recognize the potential benefits of an effective national public-safety mobile broadband (PSMB) capability for agencies such as police, fire and ambulance services. A mobile broadband capability for public-safety agencies would allow for an improved response to emergency events and enable better communication within and between jurisdictions.

The government expects the cost-benefit analysis will draw on extensive work undertaken to date by the commonwealth, state and territory governments through the Council of Australian Governments and will include close consultation with industry. The Productivity Commission will consult broadly with government and non-government stakeholders following the commission’s receipt of the terms of reference.

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