Zeon: I would tend to agree. I wouldn't mind however seeing commercial/industrial areas supplied with more affordable fibre options. E.g. atm it's kinda like $2000 per month for 10mbps/1mbps international on a 36month contract. 100mbps National for $300-$400 a month would create a lot more update and could create a thriving SaaS industry in NZ.
In terms of peoples home, there isn't much point apart from new subdivisions or where the road is already being ripped up. TBH most of the speed problems are due to Telecom Wholesales poor backhaul network and pricing model. I think the biggest gain a Telecom independent fibre rollout will see is the ability to bypass that problem.
Maybe the 1.5BN could be used by companies like FX to build their own networks to the cabinets and provide a true high bandwidth competing option against Telecom wholesale.
I'm not too sure what pointas you are trying to make.
The high fibre costs now aren't just Telecom - they are all providers and they reflect the true cost of deploying fibre to a customer and delivering a high quality internet solution without CIR constraints.
I'm assuming you haven't followed the FTTH threads or advertising campaigns over the past few months - the $1.5 billion would be the governments share to deploy FTTH, not just to copper cabinets. The problem that everybody is facing however is the cost, with estimates from many people that a cost of a connection to the house (excluding all ISP costs) would be somewhere around $65 per month, a figure that's also being thrown around in Aysralia.