[LINK] Broadband plan tipped to bring higher prices

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Tue Apr 7 16:37:59 AEST 2009

On Tue, 7 Apr 2009 at 15:29:28 +1000 Frank O'Connor wrote:
> That's what the ABC gets for quoting stockbroking analysts.
> Honestly ... the imagination of plants, an inability to think beyond 
> this financial year and all the technical acumen of a block of soap 
> suds.
> ...
> 1. The CURRENT average speed is probably a lot higher than 1Mbs.
Y'reckon? In this context, average is a pretty meaningless measure. Any 
idea of the median?
> At 3:16 PM +1000 7/4/09, David Boxall wrote:
>> <http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/07/2537297.htm>
One thing money people know is markets (Global Financial Crisis 
 From further down in the article:
> "[So] what it will do is create a market for people selling downloads 
> to homes - people selling movies for downloads to homes will obviously 
> be big winners from this."
> Mr Ries says the new network is only financially viable if 80 per cent 
> of Australians choose the access provided by the new cables rather 
> than wireless internet access.
Someone's going to prefer 12Mb/s over 100? Maybe, if that's enough for 
their needs and cheaper or more convenient.
> "If they get only 60 per cent of the population using it, and people 
> preferring wireless over this new cable, then the monthly access fee 
> they're going to have to charge people will be prohibitive," he warned.
> "At the moment the average Australian household is spending about $40 
> a month on accessing the internet.
> "Whereas this proposal will require the average household to be paying 
> somewhere round about $75-85 a month.
> "So you're talking there about a $35 to $45 a month increase in the 
> cost of basic access for the average household."
David Boxall                    |  The more that wise people learn
                                |  The more they come to appreciate
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