mattwnz:langers1972: More on this:
Very interesting opinion piece.
Yes, you have to give Tom points for presenting some interesting views.
The ardvark bit was interesting as well.
I really don't see a 'duopolly' problem unfolding. Even with TT, VF, the market is still very balanced with enough power vested in FX, 2Deg, Chorus, and the ragtag brigade of WISPs.
WISP technology is getting better and better every day.
Another point that has been raised is the 540 staff that VF might tip into the market. I'm quite sure some will just leave. Some will be well over internal change and this will be the last straw for them.
But as Steve pointed out the other day, the biggest fixed line RSP in 10 years could be a company that hasn't even been considered yet. Oh, and if you think Steve's an idiot with out a clue for suggesting that a company could rise in just 10 years to pass Telecom who has been about for 100.... --> www.facebook.com I'm sure Mark wouldn't suggest anything but Steve's on the money.... (...and Steve, do you have something you'd like to share ;) )
I doubt that VF are going to risk tipping to many people out in to much of a hurry and risk those people gathering with existing competitors to undermine its new resources.
FX and 2Deg must both be looking very closely UFB. I'm sure Sky is looking at UFB and planing an ISP service along with telephone.
So all in all, I very much doubt that ComCom are going to even blink at this and consumers aren't going to loose value because there's more than enough market pressure to keep the two big providers in check.