[AusNOG] Long live the NBN. The NBN is dead?! [personal]
newton at internode.com.au
Wed Aug 11 17:20:56 EST 2010
On 11/08/2010, at 3:08 PM, Paul Brooks wrote:
I don't accept that a household connection *cost* needs to be $3000 - $5000, especially if - like the current network - the common costs are amortised over a period of many decades, which is something that a government entity can do, but a purely commercial organisation perhaps cannot.
That kinda ignores the way new copper connections take place now.
The expensive bits (pit and pipe, cable back to an pillar for aggregation)
is supplied by the housing estate developer. Its price is built into the cost
of each house (so it might contribute a couple of grand to the asking price
of the block of land). When it's built it's gifted to Telstra, and they plonk a
RIM next to the pillar and install fibre back to the nearest exchange.
It's dead wrong to say that the cost of a house's copper connection is
"amortised over a period of many decades." That might have been the
case 80 years ago, but those days are long gone.
New bits of the CAN are now built by private entities, paid for with short
short term debt that's recovered as blocks of land are sold. And Telstra
pays for barely any of it.
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