Sometimes it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, or the wood from the trees, or something.
TelstraClear yesterday called for further regulation of Telecom’s local loop unbundling. TelstraClear are calling for LLU to not only include the already agreed copper network, but also any future fibre roll out. One can only assume that TC would also call for a blanket regulation of ANY subsequent developments.
Here’s a hypothetical situation for you. TelstraClear invents an amazing new technology that allows high speed data transfer of around 10million mbps that works through the water carried in water pipes. A use only needs to have their computer within a metre of a water pipes to take advantage of the technology.
Telecom goes to court asking that TC be regulated to allow Telecom to access its water pipe network(!) to ensure a competitive environment exists.
Anyone care to guess what TelstraClear’s reaction would be?
Disclosure – Diversity Limited is a consultant to Telecom New Zealand and its subsidiaries