[LINK] Telstra, and the new government .. oh-oh
pbrooks-link at layer10.com.au
Thu Feb 28 23:53:07 EST 2008
Adam Todd wrote:
> I think the problem now will be that Telstra isn't being
> anti-competitive any more, it's not owned by Government and therefore
> is no more than "any other business"
> The old days of calling Telstra AntiComp are gone and ISPs will have
> to adapt or die.
Anti-competitive behaviour has nothing to do with ownership structure -
it is still entirely possible to be anti-competitive when you are a
public or privately owned entity.
> If only the ISPs had focused back then on cooperation and
> infrastructure, theyd dominate the market with a common brand today.
> Oh well.
Apart from the obvious irony that this may well have been smacked down
as collusion, which is itself a form of anti-competitive conduct (ask
Richard Pratt), who's to say that the common front that 'dominates the
market with a common brand' wouldn't itself be acting exactly the same
way, once it had the same market power?
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