[LINK] Fairfax press looks at broadband around the world; Australia not doing well; govt intervention needed
wavey_one at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 30 13:36:29 AEST 2010
This article is in the Fairfax press today... the hard copy version has a graph
with the numbers of different types of broadband in about 20 or 30 countries.
And yes, reading the report shows the government's NBN is the only way to get
high speed broadband around the country and the private sector is inept at
Waiting on a missed connection
Government intervention will be required to give Australian households
super-fast fibre, writes Lucy Battersby.
''The lowest prices and highest speeds are almost all offered by firms in
markets where, in addition to an incumbent telephone company and a cable
company, there are also competitors who entered the market, and built their
presence, through use of open access facilities,'' the report's authors found.
The researchers were particularly impressed with France's approach to
telecommunications, and not just the ideological judgments. The French regulator
cracked down on anti-competitive behaviour by the incumbent, France Telecom, in
2002, such as predatory pricing, discriminating against competitors' access to
local exchanges and charging competitors excessive labor costs.
Since then the average monthly access price in France has fallen from 17€ to 8€
and broadband subscriptions have increased from 3.7 million to 18.7 million.
The French government has not directly invested in broadband infrastructure, but
is set to raise between €80 to €100 billion for municipal governments to spend
on communications infrastructure.
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