[LINK] High Fibre, Low Blow

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Fri Apr 10 21:12:26 AEST 2009

Love this bit:
> When Rudd came in he did so on a platform of ensuring Australia would get FTTN ASAP. To that end, he created a vision called the National Broadband Network (NBN) and began a request for proposal (RFP) process from interested parties, including Telstra, to build it in FTTN form. The obvious candidate to build it always WAS Telstra, because for Telstra it was a just case of replacing the copper network by steps, rather than starting from scratch. In fact, Telstra has already done that to some extent, creating what is now known as a Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) network. Let's just say the old copper network the Australian taxpayer once built and then had sold from under him is now the HFC.
> But Telstra knew it was the only entity that could deliver FTTN at a reasonable price, so it told Rudd either give us the contract or get stuffed.
> So Rudd got stuffed, thought about it for a while, watched an arrogant Mexican pick up a zillion dollar bonus and rack off, and listened to the complaints of every Australian for whom Telstra is the most despised corporate entity in the country. He also sifted through the proposals coming in from other parties, realised what limitations were involved and what expenses were implied, and then came up with a new plan.
> Rudd told Telstra to get stuffed.

David Boxall                    |  Dogs look up to us
                                 |  And cats look down on us
                                 |  But pigs treat us as equals
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