NSW WiFI project was Re: [LINK] report on municipal networks

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Mar 9 09:58:01 AEDT 2007

rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
> Someone was bound to push back against the "free enterprise" institutes' 
> arguments against US municipal wireless.
> BTW, "decades" is about right. Typical useful lifespan of fibre is 
> estimated at 25 years.
> Kim Holburn wrote:
>> http://www.newrules.org/info/5ways.html
>>> Ms. Vargo Daggett also notes that cities that own infrastructure like 
>>> roads and water pipelines should not fear owning the physical 
>>> information network. “Concerns about obsolescence are overstated. 
>>> Fiber optics is the gold standard, with essentially unlimited 
>>> capacity and a lifespan measured in decades. Wireless technology is 
>>> rapidly evolving, but its price is low and the payback period is short.”
>> hmmm.... decades?  I think infrastructur people think in slightly 
>> longer terms than that.
>>> Moreover, unlike investments in traditional infrastructure, an 
>>> investment in information networks can generate a significant 
>>> return.  “The investment will not only pay for itself, but can 
>>> generate revenue that can pay for other important municipal services.”

This seems to be the model the NSW Government is running with, though
conversations in public places reveal people are skeptical it will
happen. Though I don't see why not...don't the canadians get free local
calls with their telephones? ...note that there are other players in the 
market besides optus and telstra....

> An Optus spokeswoman welcomed the Government's proposal, and said Optus was potentially interested in being part of the project.
> "Optus congratulates the New South Wales Government on its innovative plans for free wireless access in major CBD areas across Sydney, and other major metropolitan centres.
> "Optus looks forward to seeing more details of the plans and to participating in the expression of interest process."
> Telstra, on the other hand, was far more cautious, but admitted that it was yet to see the details of the proposal.
> "There's no such thing as a free lunch anymore so it will be interesting to see how it is proposed to be paid for," said a Telstra spokesman. 
> Both Optus and Telstra offer paid-for wireless broadband plans, and the Government's proposed free service would compete with these.

Marghanita da Cruz
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