[LINK] Perspectives (was: Telstra accounting separation)
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 13:23:07 +1000
Some interesting perspectives in
including: "Infrastructure = natural monopoly (no competition) –
needs ongoing government investments." Which set me thinking.
If that finding is accurate, Australia's telecommunications
infrastructure will impose a considerable financial load on the
government, no matter how it is provided. For most of Australia the
infrastructure is not, of itself, a viable commercial proposition.
The benefits are social, political, military and broader commercial -
in other words, common wealth. Governments' responsibility. I
wonder, does commerce have any place at all in provision of that
Private enterprise tends to cherry pick - servicing to excess in
lucrative markets (remember the duplicate optical cabling fiasco),
while leaving others to twist in the wind. That merely siphons off
profits that could be better employed in the common good.
What do you think?
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