[LINK] lowcost, vfast broadband

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Mon Apr 20 10:39:18 AEST 2009

Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> Jan Whitaker wrote:
>> maybe there's hope for us yet!
>> lpress writes "Symmetric, 100 Mbps service in Stockholm costs 
>> $11/month. Conditions in every city are different, but part of the 
>> explanation for the low cost is that the city owns a municipal fiber 
>> network reaching every block. They lease network access to anyone who 
>> would like to offer service. The ISPs, including incumbent telephone 
>> and cable companies, compete on an equal footing."
>> http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/18/1739236&from=rss
> Stockholm population density: 4,052 persons per sq km
> Source: <http://www.urbanaudit.org/CityProfiles.aspx?CityCode=SE001C&CountryCode=SE>
> Sydney: 353 persons per square km.
> Source:
> <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1052002-2006?OpenDocument&tabname=Details&prodno=105&issue=2002-2006&num=&view=&>
> (Spreadsheet download for Sydney statistical division).
> Only part of the price difference is the ownership model. For every km the
> Stockholm network passes, it reaches (on average) more than ten times as many
> people.

It is interesting that the NSW government seems to be pursuing a strategy of 
increasing the density along existing rail corridors/transport hubs.
> Sydney's Growth Centres
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And there is the recurring story/possibility of utilising State Rail's fibre. 
Trying to find a relevant link - this came up.
> RailCorp has an extensive telecommunication network which provides telephone, data, signalling, closed circuit TV and other services which are essential to facilitate safe and on-time running of trains within the rail network of NSW.
> In order to facilitate its obligations to ongoing rail communications service delivery, RailCorp requires the installation of optic fibre cable between Mt. Victoria Communications Room and Lithgow Exchange.

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