Oliver Jones wrote:
I've deleted the email I was going to respond to...
regarding LLU, the PDF pointed to makes a good point. Really people
should be trying to get access to the ground so they can lay fibre.
I personally thought Saturn (now TelstraSaturn) had the right idea, pity
they targetted the wrong audience in the first instance. They targetted
the richie rich areas and put their cables overhead (and then had to put
their cables underground), the customer takeup wasn't that great, if
they targetted the sub-socieconomic areas first, then they would have
been fine as the customer take up would have been desireable and
needless to say, the overhead cables is a standard feature in the
getto. If you guys are not convinced, go for a drive down poets corner,
murder triange, etc (or Otara if you're in Auckland) and then drive
through Harrowfield, etc and tell me the difference with the density of
the Sky Digital Dishes.
The fact is that if a provider used the local loop, Telecom is still in
the picture charging the market entrants the Rack Unit telehousing and a
lease for the twisted pair between the local exchange and the customers
demarcation point. Also, who is providing the link between the provider
and the local exchange ?
There is some sort of ruling in NY that makes it
compulsory for all
utility companies to co-operate on all ditch digging activities. If one
company wants to lay a cable all other companies must also lay cable in
the same ditch. If they don't they can't dig up the same part of the
street for some long period of time. I believe this bylaw was put in
place because NY city residents were complaining bitterly about the near
constant road works and such due to cable/telecoms companies.
That is not as easy as it sounds...
There needs to be a lot of *fundamental* law changes to make that happen.