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Graeme Samuel, outgoing chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and sparring partner of former Telstra executive Phil Burgess, has said the fibre-to-the-node network once proposed by Telstra would have been a financial disaster for the government. In years of proposal and counter-proposal over broadband in …

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What the hell does the goverment care?

We're going to pay for it anyway.

And either way, it's probably going to turn out like a dog's breakfast like just about everything else they've stuck their finger in.

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Yay a government side stepped a trap on the road to building a successful business

Why all the hate, they did a good thing, if they side step the next 27 traps we may end up with aceness.

People seem to forget that private businesses balls things up too, but they just go bankrupt so you don't get to knock them as you never get a chance to learn their name.

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Why not use the redundant HFC networks?

I don't understand why you would even upgrade loops in areas served by the Optus and Telstra HFC networks. You could cover 80% of the Australian population at 100Mbit+ for less than $3B spent on splitting nodes.

A VDSL2 rollout over copper loop in those areas is insane.

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Gee, a business...

... with a business plan to make money instead of losing it? How bizarre in this Land of OziMadness!

Mr Samuel, we appreciate that you are exposing the risk of a monopoly, but please point us to something a little more useful that a gummint-owned white elephant.

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