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The EU's top digital eurocrat has called on large telcos to stop using copper pricing as a barrier to deploying fibre networks. "Telecom operators are divided on the question of how copper access prices affect the incentives for fibre investment," said Neelie Kroes during a speech in Brussels today. "Alternative operators …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just a plain old excuse as usual

    "it costs too much" Cooper vs Glass - Let me guess, this person left uni with a degree in something useful but not the skill in telling the difference of glass against metal!?!

    Good ol' Broadband (Victorian) Britain!

  2. Rickard

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  3. Microchip

    With copper prices so high...

    ... why don't they lay down fibre replacements, take out the copper, and flog it to offset the costs?

  4. john loader

    Copper would be nice

    Just had BT remaking a joint between copper and aluminium to restore service. Aluminium was introduced late 70s/early 80s due to copper prices and by 1986 had proved to be a maintenance nightmare. Yet over 30 years on we still suffer lousy broadband in the Yorkshire Dales because BT has yet to catch up copper let alone fibre. Cables used to be depreciated financially over 20 years so they've had their wear out aluminum

  5. NinjasFTW

    new offers

    "Could kill innovative new offers"

    Yeah, more innovative ways for ISPs to try and get more £/Euros/$ out of the same dead horse

  6. Joe Montana

    Rip out the copper

    Rip out the copper anyway, and sell it off as scrap... Should make some decent change selling the copper, and you can claim subsidies and charge higher prices for laying the fibre.

  7. Martin Gregorie Silver badge

    Telcos vs. tealeafs

    As copper prices rise a really switched-on telco would realise that replacing stolen copper is a mugs game. A better idea would be to flog off their copper *before* it gets nicked and use the proceeds to finance the fibre that replaces it.

    Profits? They'd result from not having to pay the costs and overtime that occur each time their copper is stolen.

    1. James Micallef Silver badge

      and even then, the chavs will rip up the fibre thinking it's copper

  8. David Kelly 2

    Stupid Euro-think

    If copper access is so unreasonably high priced then why isn't competition moving in to clean their clocks?

  9. Sirius Lee

    net neut facts?

    Whether to support net neutrality is surely not about facts. You do it (or not) for political reasons. What indisputable 'fact' can decide net neutrality is applicable or not. There's the fact that most people want free unfettered access to services and there are companies that do not. Only opinion (passionate or otherwise) that can decide it and the Dutch have. Good for them (whether you agree or not).

  10. wraith404

    a politician on the corp take

    No surprise here.

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