However, with the cost and delays in getting Resource Consent to do anything these days, it would be enough to put just about anybody off investing. There are no easy solutions to this impasse.
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freitasm: ...Auckland City Council blocked TelstraClear plans to deploy a cable network. They can't complain now they have no access to a fast broadband alternative.
Grant17:freitasm: When I say "nothing prevented other providers of establishing their own infrastructure. Why didn't they?
For the same reason that you didn't see another power company laying alternative power lines down your street...
It's what is known as a "Natural Monopoly" i.e. it's uneconomic to have a duplicate set of infrastructure.
I think you both missed my point.
The government, in the form of the commerce commission had a very chilling effect on competition on the local loop by ruling against Saturn on a case which was clearly predatory pricing. (They were offering discounts street by street when Saturn laid cable, so existing Telecom customers would not switch to Saturn.)
They never offered this "Loyalty Discount" to any customer which could not get Saturn.
The affect this had on the local loop market was the total freeze of Saturn's network buildout, and the lack of anyone else willing to put up with such government backed Telecom monopoly predatory pricing.