to be fair copper was never originally designed for broadband either. Ali isnt as good yes but its not necessarily terrible.
100m of my line between the bank and my home is ali, and I currently have a 50+ day uptime on fast path.
So the comment from the engineer suggests lazyness to me.
The one thing he is right on tho is the ali will probably never get replaced unless its stolen by thieves or the day it gets replaced by fibre.
Edited by Chrysalis (Wed 01-Apr-15 12:27:19)