nziced: Just read some of screebs posts. Verizon are crap in regards to fast ISP's in the states. There are hundreds of countries around the world that offer speeds of up to 110mb over fibre. Japan and the US are even about to release 1gb fibre. Mmmmm how I wish Telecom would go into liquidation and GTFO of New Zealand.
1gbps connection here
A bit of an exaggeration there considering there are only 196 recognised countries in the world and hundreds would imply at least 200.
And I think its unfair comparing what is arguably consumer based product (Verizon).
And my last comment on this is do you really want Telecom to go into liquidation? So you want approx. 9000 more employees out of work, and it doesn't take a large stretch of the imagination to envision what this would do to our already fragile economy!
But it is good to see that people are passionate about this debate. I for one am for the fibre network although I confess I am not as up to the play as some of you around the technical facts.
Whilst copper seems to be able to provide our short and near term requirements, it does appear long term fibre does win. Does that mean we should wait until we need it, or even 2-3 more years before we begin the roll out. I guess that is where the debate really is. So when is the critical time that we need to have this framework in place? And not just to make downloading games/movies faster, but to actually make a difference in the long term productivity of the country that I can see so many "knowledge" based industries requiring.
NZ does have a tendency to do just enough today and worry about tomorrow tomorrow. A good example is our motorway system. How many of you have driven the motorway after they've just upgraded it to 2 lanes wondering "why didn't they make it 3 - surely while you're doing the work it isn't that much more!" Someone I know is fond of saying "What is expensive today is cheep tomorrow" and I really do believe that.