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User-pays NBN a 'cop out', analyst says

Stephanie McDonald | Feb. 21, 2013
Telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has called a user pays system for the National Broadband Network (NBN) a "cop out".

"I would be more sympathetic to this plan if, for example, you would say those who want a FTTH sooner than what is available in the roll out plan can do so by paying for it, but that over time everybody will be connected to this network."

However, Kennedy said it is technically feasible for vendors to provide fibre extensions and the option should be considered.

"In my opinion, any modern FTTN installation ought to include this capability because it helps to provide for diverse demand and it can meet the requirements of that market segment who see significant value in the high-speed services that fibre can support," he said.


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