Wireless Broadband technologies can play an important part in the deployment of broadband infrastructure albeit for different contexts in both developed and developing countries. Wireless technologies have a particular niche in the different ways of developing countries that do not have a mature copper network for DSL and in developed countries for application in rural environments and difficult locations. This paper considers the two potential technology platforms WiMAX and HSPA in the Australian rural context. WiMAX has arisen very rapidly in parallel with mobile technologies such as 3G as a serious alternative in many applications. This paper examines a hypothetical case example to inform the debate about the application of wireless broadband in rural Australia.