The noise about BT Infinity continues. On the one side, communities are endeavouring, as with first generation broadband trigger levels for exchanges, to persuade others in the community to sign up to try to win the competition.(Your efforts would be better targeted elsewhere, guys!) On the other, the technical arguments against VDSL (yet another copper based technology) and the proponents of true Next Generation Access are trying to get the message that BT Infinity is far from what is required.
We all know BT is a private company and therefore has a duty to its shareholders. But you cannot continually sweep under the carpet that the network assets currently being sweated were gifted by the State. There has to be some acknowledgement of the responsibility that BT has to the nation.
If this country is to come close to any others in the race to a decent comms infrastructure, we have to raise the bar. The incumbent with SMP (Significant Market Power) has to step up to the mark, and stop shillyshallying around with the copper. Rip it out and sell it.
Environmentally, we know that fibre is better for the planet due to the electricity consumption required to run it being less than for copper-based technologies. Economically, fibre is better for the nation, and open access networks will finally give consumers greater choice than with ADSL, where nearly every single ADSL customer in this country is actually dealing with a reseller of a BT product.
We need FTTH (Fibre To The Home) or FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) – whichever you choose to call it. Because otherwise, I suspect the chemical symbol for copper may give us the clue – Cu BT.