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Go ahead for fibre to green boxes?

Denzil
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Go ahead for fibre to green boxes?

This on the BBC news this morning. I'm not holding my breath, though.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7919904.stm
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itsme
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Re: Go ahead for fibre to green boxes?

BT want to do it as they will then be able to add other services which the competition will not have. But have BT the money to do it  is another question.
Lurker
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Re: Go ahead for fibre to green boxes?

They have the money to invest, so long as its an investment for THEM, and not one for everybody to take advantage of.
So long as BT are free to spend the money to make this happen, and are then free to charge whatever price they want to recoup the cost, it just might happen.
BT have always refused to do it previously on the grounds that OFCOM had previously intimated that it would expect BT to share the infrastructure with its competitors at prices set by OFCOM.
Having a free rein will allow BT to start the programme in areas where money will be easiest to make to pay for the infrastructure (think M3Exchanges where lots of LLU operators might also pay handsomely as well as their own customers)
The payback will allow them to then look at targeting less profitable areas.
itsme
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Re: Go ahead for fibre to green boxes?

Don't think BT has that much cash floating around. Don't forget the investment for the WBC and 21CN.
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Re: Go ahead for fibre to green boxes?

Sounds a good idea and one that is well overdue.  I don't think money will be a problem to BT even in these cash-starved days.  It will be interesting to see a time scale for the whole country. 
techguy
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Re: Go ahead for fibre to green boxes?

But BT will be allowed to charge whatever it likes for access to the fibre network
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/03/ofcom_bt_fibre/

So something tells me its going to be anything but affordable
While I like my Internet connection, I sure won't be forking out £40+ a month for a fibre link.
Its kind of like releasing a rabid pitbull without a muzzle and expecting it not to bite.