This is pretty open which is why I'm posting it here in Off Topic.
What would 'Chorus failure' look like?
Does Chorus failure mean UFB failure?
Would a government subsidy to prop up Chorus be just the same as over ruling the Commerce Commission decision to drop the price of copper wire broadband? Could that become an election issue? And does it go against the ideology of a National government?
Should Chorus be left to go to the wall or is it too big to fail?
In 2000 the Sydney Olympics was seen a good opportunity to seriously upgrade the Sydney public transport system. The Olympics would give impetus to the creation of legacy infrastructure which would last for decades but would otherwise be difficult to gain public support for. The call ways 'We need it for the Olympics' but the reality was that it was just needed and the Olympic made is easier to sell.
Could IPTV be used in a similar way to stimulate take up of UFB (built by Chorus or not) in a similar way? Could anything else provide this kind of a push?
I think we need a UFB but I don't think we really know why as yet. Having said that I don't think the 'if we build it they will come' argument carries enough weight these days when everything is an opportunity cost.
So, what's a way forward?