Deus Ex Machina
vicc at cia.com.au
Wed Feb 18 15:21:02 EST 2004
Tim Lister [tal at pacific.net.au] wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-02-18 at 12:54, r.polanskis at uws.edu.au wrote:
> > On Wed, 18 Feb 2004, Roger Clarke wrote:
> > > Make that:
> > >
> > > - a 100% publicly-owned provider of network infrastructure and
> > > wholesaler of low-level services
> > >
> > > - a 100% privately-owned provider of retail services (whether
> > > connectivity and/or content would be that company's choice),
> > > which has no links whatsoever with the infrastructure company,
> > > and which is forced to compete on a level playing-field with
> > > every other such corporation (i.e. with limits on the scale
> > > advantages it is able to extract, e.g. through bulk-purchase
> > > of bandwidth)
> > This is the model I like the most. Why is it the most unpopular and
> > the one least touted by politicans and "experts" in business and
> > economics? Every other model is a doctrinaire "all or nothing"
> > approach that doesn't offer the best compromises. I would gladly buy
> > shares in a "Telstra services" company, with the assurance that our
> > infrastructure remains in the hands of the public.
> because the real money in selling Telstra is the value of the backbone
> services, which deliver monopoly control to the people who own it.
> the retail services section is just a pile of over-hyped bum-fluff, not
> worth a brass razoo, that wouldn't sell.
NDC didnt sell
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