[LINK] The Liberal's broadband proposal.

Paul Brooks 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:
> from
> http://www.liberal.org.au/Latest-News/2010/08/10/Real-Action-on-Broadband.aspx
>> 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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