[AusNOG] Long live the NBN. The NBN is dead?! [personal]
ausnog at digitaljunkie.net
Wed Aug 11 11:21:04 EST 2010
On 11 August 2010 05:41, Stephen Carter <Stephen.Carter at workingtech.com>wrote:
> Governments (anywhere) should not be creating commercial monopolies like
> the NBN. We don’t need to be in the bad “Telstra” situation in a few years
> time again, only real competition can prevent that.
However, there's a question as to whether having multiple infrastructure
builds is the best way to foster competition.
Personally, I favour a commercial company (ala NBN Co) running the physical
infrastructure in solely a wholesale manner. The commercial nature (as
opposed to Govt run) would promote their flexibility and desire to drive new
products, and the wholesale only nature provides the grounds for a number of
competitors to compete on an even footing.
In the absense of that as an option, the Greens perspective (maintaining the
infrastructure as government run & owned) is satisfactory, although it may
decrease the incentive for NBN Co to react quickly to future changes in the
Obviously there's legilsative framework that needs to go in place to ensure
an even footing for multiple competitors, and to stop NBN Co undercutting /
providing direct retail services, but it's not insurmountable.
You have expressed a common view with many other citizens, being that fast
> internet will save money, allow you to work fast from one site etc... but
> you overlook the real consequences including: wholesale off shoring and
> large foreign cashed up businesses destroying the Australian ISP and CSP
> landscape. These are the real threats of superfast
Can you elaborate a little more on this?
In an NBN world, the last mile is fibre - you still have (and need if NBN Co
is wholesale only) ISPs & CSPs.
What are you envisioning which would destroy the Australian ISP & CSP
internet, and may rather result in lower incomes and greater unemployment
> (opposite to your one business view). And by the way I am a very strong
> supporter in super fast internet, just not the way any political party
> intends to impose it on the nation.
Do tell - how would you prefer it implemented?
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