[LINK] The Liberal's broadband proposal.
pbrooks-link at layer10.com.au
Wed Aug 11 09:51:43 AEST 2010
On 11/08/2010 9:35 AM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> Instead of creating a new inefficient Government run monopoly, the
>> Coalition’s plan will stimulate a vibrant, private sector-based
>> broadband market, with Government involved to encourage competition
>> and ensure services reach all Australians.
> Can anyone explain to me what this competition is supposed to be?
Its actually supposed to be a description of what we have now - a couple
of vertically-integrated broadband infrastructure operators, who may or
may not provide wholesale access to other service providers, and a
continuous queue at the door of the ACCC for access disputes which can
take the best part of a decade to resolve.
> Are they suggesting that people will have a choice of at least two
> broadband suppliers?
They aren't talking infrastructure operators, they are referring to
retail service providers - ISPs for most people.
If you are within DSL range of an enabled exchange, you already have
several hundred 'suppliers' to choose from. If you are on HFC, you have
a choice of one (HFC network operators live in Bankworld, but I digress).
If you have mobile 3G coverage, you have a choice of ~6 providers (?)
over 3 sets of infrastructure - but you won't get your minimum peak 12 Mbps.
> Or maybe the word competition has been included because it is a good
> word to have on your side?
'vibrant' is also a good word to have on yoru side - and in this context
often means 'lots of work for lawyers'.
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