The irony of waiting for the NBN in Palmerston via Gungahlin

The speed of my shaped broadband connection today
My 15GB download limit using wireless, the only service that can provide broadband speeds in the area I live, was consumed days ago. It is now the day before the download limit is reset, which happens to coincide with the day I have the most time to focus on my research. I need to answer a specific question about the NBN. 

I am aware of the plan to see Telstra’s copper networks decommissioned and also for Optus’ HFC network to be decommissioned, and that NBN Co will provide a national Layer 2 wholesale network. I am also aware that it will be possible for NBN Co and its wholesale customers to provide point-to-point services for enterprise networks and to operate as wholesalers using NBN Co's infrastructure. 

However, my question is, once NBN has control of the wholesale infrastructure, will the market for wholesale infrastructure be contestable? For example, what will prevent another provider, or indeed, an existing provider such as Transact in the ACT, from being a wholesale provider over a new or an existing network? 

Obviously it would be difficult to become a competitor to NBN Co as the major wholesale provider, but I haven’t been able to find anything about future contestability of wholesale broadband markets once NBN Co begins to operate. The question I want to answer (with appropriate references, of course!), is this:
Is there a specific law that gives NBN exclusive wholesale Layer 2 provision in Australia?
To answer this question, I have been using my shaped wireless connection to download copies of NBN Co's annual reports and some other information from the DBCDE website. The tabs for the NBN Co sites have been sitting there spinning for hours.

Just a few more hours to go before my plan is reset. Just a few more years before we get affordable high-speed broadband in Palmerston.

The irony is that right now, I am literally waiting for the NBN in Palmerston via Gungahlin.



Comments

Anonymous said…
> Is there a specific law that gives NBN exclusive wholesale Layer 2 provision in Australia?

Yes. Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network—Access Arrangements) Act 2011

http://www.dbcde.gov.au/broadband/national_broadband_network/level_playing_field_arrangements_and_exemptions

Any network that provides more than 25Mbit bandwidth after 1 January 2011 must be the NBN or be available to the NBN on a comparable wholesale basis. This is enabled through Part XIC/Section 152* of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 which allows the ACCC to make a network a "declared service" and control the pricing/access for that network (the same way it has done for Telstra ADSL, the 2011 amendments just impose this on all carriers). http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/caca2010265/s152aa.html.
HWS said…
"Just a few more years before we get affordable high-speed broadband in Palmerston." after almost two decades ... what thrilling (lack of) progress!

If only Telstra and John Howard had long term vision back in circa 1995 rather than shut down a potentially groundbreaking project ("The history and issues around broadband in the Gungahlin area" http://bit.ly/A7dz4j). Well I would like to be optimistic but holding my breath for two decades is wearing thin.