This is my first post to Geekzone (long timer listener, first time caller), so please be gentle and a little forgiving! I have been looking through some of the previous posts and have been impressed with the breadth and depth of knowledge displayed.
Does anyone know if Telstra are intending to open their copper lines up to competition, much in the same way as Telecom is required to do, in the near future? I have had a couple of emails and phone conversations with Telstra about this but it would appear that the helpdesk operators don't have this information available. I did get this which is more related to reselling that provisioning ADSL themselves:
"We are unable to provide ADSL services to customers in the TelstraClear cable area due to a contract that we have with Telecom advising that we are not allowed to wholesale products through to Telecom Copper network to customers in the cable area."
I am keen on getting a basic broadband connection but don't want the additional expense of cable through Telstra (cable is the only choice as we are currently a Christchurch Telstra customer). The only way for me to access ADSL at the moment is to jump from Telstra to Telecom. From there I will have many more choices. As I am quite lazy I would wait for a bit if ADSL competition was to appear on the Telstra residential network.
Cheers and regards