[LINK] Telstra's at it again

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Wed Nov 26 20:39:03 AEDT 2008

Telstra has submitted an incomplete NBN bid, apparently in the belief 
that the government won't dare give the contract to anyone else.

> Telstra will hold the government to ransom by submitting a ‘proposal’ to build a $9.7 billion National Broadband Network but withholding more detailed bid documents.
> Only 90 percent of the population will be covered...
The government and the other bidders evidently believe that 98% is 
possible.  In other words, Telstra wants to cherry-pick.  Is it the 
Australian way, to do less than our best?
> Prices would start at $29.95 for an ‘entry-level’ 1Mbps plan – but only if customers signed up for a Telstra fixed line service.
So much for open access.
> “Our proposal is subject to a number of conditions for the life of the project, including no further separation of Telstra and regulatory certainty,” McGauchie said.
Bugger separation.  Exterminate!

Telstra has not submitted a complete bid.  By all rights, it's thus 
ineligible.  Does our government have the courage to walk away from our 
dominant telco?

David Boxall                    |  All that is required
                                 |  for evil to prevail is
                                 |  for good men to do nothing.
                                 |     -- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

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