The argument is entirely based on what should
be done with no consideration for how people behave, and how well we respond to perceived
I predict it'll go like this; if the 'other party' wins, maybe skip the first step.
1. NBN rolled out properly, Fiber to each home, everyone happy.
2. Costs end up being even MORE than predicted.
3. NBN has its pin pulled, but the people demand it gets finished.
4. Finish the deployment using Fiber to the Node to 'save costs'
5. Users demand speed, and fibre to the home is finished anyway, at a much higher cost.
On paper it looks cheaper for the 'now'. They'll be hoping Australia's economy gets even stronger before the time to continue with FTTH so it has less of an impact.
As for the above copper argument, I dont think its the state of the entire network thats the issue, I think its the inconsistency.
For example, I have a fairly short run to my exchange. yet my sync speed is below 3mbps. it SHOULD be more like 20; but its not, and the line into the house is brand new. So its a street thing. While they're uprooting my road to lay new copper, why not make it fiber while you're there?
The solution is probably a mix though, isnt it?
new\CBD housing will have good quality lines, and likely sync at 15+mbps. They usually have some form of fiber already available, even if its just telstra or Optus owned, so these networks can stay in place and save money.
However the 'burbs with phone lines that fail when it rains (like mine) should be replaced with fiber as a priority.
Honestly, while its laughable to the rest of the world, FTTN isnt that objectionable to me. Gets everyone closer to that 20mbps range, and although its not cheaper, it appears that way to a lot of people, and will likely get the job done quicker.
tldr? Dont care, spend a lot, or spend a little. As long as you can get Aus connected at 20mbps+ each, you're good in my books.
Mac, the trouble with the copper network is it would be ridiculously expensive to even begin to assess just how good/bad it is.
Though there is a simple way to tell. the big ISP's just need to share SNR\attenuation readings for each street from everyone with ADSL.
However we as a country aren't good in having companies work together like that.