This article examines the development of telecommunications, media and internet in New Zealand and the prospects for the government's Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband initiatives. Several factors are identified that could contribute to consolidating the success of recent efforts: increasing telecommunications competition since 2006, a recent growth spurt in internet and mobile wireless use, an improved regulatory environment and the rise of the 'prime-time' internet. However, high levels of concentration, low levels of media and internet use made worse by restrictive data caps, the contradiction between a sizable government subsidy for broadband fibre development versus a very hesitant regulator, and powerful incumbents intent on preserving and extending their legacy business models into new areas-including the UFB-diminish such prospects.

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Journal Media International Australia
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Winseck, D. (2014). New Zealand's ultra-fast broadband plan: Digital public works project for the twenty-first century or playfield of incumbent interests?. Media International Australia, (151), 157–170.