SteveON: No body remembers the First Media days when Telecom bought out fiber then removed it.
Some of us do, especially those there when the business case was approved :-) $79m of goodness... and ugly GREEN cable that sat lower on the poles than the BLACK cable Saturn used. I can still see the technicians putting the cable up on the wooden poles in Mt Victoria way back then - first media was so low to the footpath you could jump up and hang from it....
This thread raises a good question though; namely, the presumption that fibre is the only game in town and everything will be good from it. There will be no more competition in the wired access game, as the LFC's will own that space.
But, every resident in NZ is NOT getting a dark fibre connection. They are getting a lit fibre, whose access speeds and performance characteristics are determined products by the LFC's, which the Retail Providers can rent every month. The fees are determined, as are most of the rules around how they work and what you get.
Sure, for anyone on the old copper network, the performance of the new network will be a step up from now.... but not that much. ADSL2+ is about 20/1, VDSL2 should be about 50/20, Bitstream2 starts at 30/10/2.5 and goes from there.
When the speed and connection experience is determined, where is the innovation?