The New Zealand Government has finally come to the party and decided to strip Telecom of its lines monopoly. They have announced plans to unbundle the local loop, and regulate the existing wholesale bitstream services. We’re still waiting on details, but this is fantastic news. Pricing may not change much, because ISPs will no doubt be paying an access fee to get at the copper. However we will see radically different internet plans available, unstead of the de-facto monopoly we currently have with Telecom dictating upstream and downstream speeds for the bitstream services.
Top-tier ISP ihug has previously promised to invest NZ$20 million in service provision over three years once it has access to Telecom’s lines. Personally, I’m more interested in throwing away my Telecom landlines for VoIP as soon as I possibly can.