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NBN Retail Pricing Pressure Points

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is the subject of promises from the government that consumers will pay comparable prices to current day ADSL2+ and phone service bundles in order to access entry level NBN based services, and that NBN based retail pricing will be nationally uniform.

Unfortunately, a number of pressure points in the wholesale pricing model exist which will make these promises (from the government) untenable in practice, unless serious issues with the underlying pricing model are addressed by NBNCo and the ACCC.

This post elaborates on some of the relevant issues that serve to place upward pressure on NBN based retail pricing in general and even more pressure upon retail pricing in regional areas in particular.

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Peering Policy Gaps with the National Broadband Network

Monday, May 16th, 2011 by

Deploying a ‘superfast’ national tail circuit network (i.e. the National Broadband Network) will highlight other bottlenecks in information flow that currently exist between voice and data service providers in Australia, unless those bottlenecks are also addressed. This paper highlights the need for appropriately symetrical peering arrangements to be enforced, for both voice and data services, between all NBN  Service Provider networks.

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Further corrections to the record on NBNCo pricing models

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 by

Recently, federal communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has again made some incorrect statements about my proposed improvements to the NBNCo wholesale cost access model.

The comments concerned are reported here:

http://www.zdnet.com.au/hackett-s-nbn-rejig-costs-customers-conroy-339312918.htm

Those reported comments (if accurate) contain a variety of statements about my proposals that are misleading in some cases, and entirely wrong in others.

In an effort to correct the record (again), I will take a look at the statements attributed to Senator Conroy and provide correction and comment about each. (more…)

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