[LINK] "Shutting down copper is a really dumb thing to do"

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sun Nov 13 10:41:13 AEDT 2011

Such an arrangement would fit the definition of "cartel" and would have 
been flunked by the ACCC.

They did, however, both write down the HFC networks to zero book value.

As for the lack of competition: Optus got out of pay TV programming, 
taking its content from Foxtel.


On 13/11/11 3:03 AM, Martin Barry wrote:
> $quoted_author = "Tom Koltai" ;
>> On the other hand, the reason we have no competition in Cable TV today
>> is that that the Carriers went head to head with the fibre/HFC rollout
>> until they carved up the country into alternative streets.
> Are you sure? Going by my awareness of the situation in some of the suburbs
> of Sydney (and hence YMMV for other suburbs and other cities) what actually
> happened was that suburbs with favourable demographics and easy access got
> both Telstra and Optus cable down every street and the other suburbs got
> neither.
> cheers
> Marty
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