[LINK] Australia begs residents to accept free fiber connection
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sat Jul 31 10:47:43 AEST 2010
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Kim Holburn wrote:
>> Australia begs residents to accept free fiber connection
>> If your government had decided to install a national, open-access
>> fiber-to-the-home network to 93 percent of all residents, if the
>> installation was free, and if the fiber hookup had no effect on your
>> existing phone or cable service and committed you to nothing...
>> wouldn't you take it?
>> Not if you live in Tasmania, where the Australian government's
>> ambitious new National Broadband Network is getting underway with
>> its first fiber deployments. The government-created NBN Co. has the
>> right to dig up streets and trench along rights-of-way, but to
>> install that "last-mile" connection to a home or apartment it needs
>> permission—and Tasmanians have been slow to offer it.
>> According to local news accounts, only half of the homes and
>> business in the first dig zone have given permission to access their
>> property. That led to this week's rather pathetic press release from
>> NBN Co. in which the CEO basically begged "residents and businesses
>> within the Willunga and Kiama First Release Sites to sign up."
>> But people's reluctance to sign consent forms could add serious
>> costs and delays to the entire project. And if everyone will be
>> hooked up eventually, why not just make the fiber installations
>> mandatory now?
>> That's the direction in which Australia is moving. Conroy and the
>> Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, are now both talking about ways
>> to shift to an "opt-out" model in which the NBN Co. has the right to
>> install on your property unless you explicitly object.
>> Opposition figures in Tasmania have been pushing the idea for more
>> than a month. "I am sure there would be plenty of people that would
>> not want the government rolling up onto their property and
>> installing fibre without permission," said MP Michael Ferguson.
>> "Nonetheless it would be an enormous cost to the community if we
>> only do get half of our homes connected to the fibre."
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