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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Tue 18-Jan-11 12:37:06
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Historical fibre


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Hello,
A bit of a History question here, is it true that around 30ish years ago that the BT (company) of that time was going to replace all the copper wire with fibre all around the country over the decades ahead?
Why didn't they?

TIA
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(legend) Tue 18-Jan-11 12:48:40
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iirc it was blocked by the government of the time due to monopolies commission issues.

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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Tue 18-Jan-11 13:00:27
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I think the urban legend is that they said they would only do it if cable tv and maybe satellite weren't going to be competing.

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(staff) Tue 18-Jan-11 13:02:14
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More like were told no they cannot, and time was given to cable franchises to get cable to the country.

At the time, fibre was seen as a video delivery mechanism (internet for home use was not imagined). The analogue cable systems at the time were reasonable enough for video delivery.

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(fountain of knowledge) Tue 18-Jan-11 13:18:45
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I was told that it was far to advanced for people at the time, and people in trial areas simply wern't using it like it was made for.

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Standard User BatBoy
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 18-Jan-11 13:37:30
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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/24970/1/Telecommunications_...



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Standard User Andrue
(knowledge is power) Tue 18-Jan-11 14:06:01
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Yah - that's pretty much how I remember it.

BT said they'd do it if they could carry TV channels. Maggie told 'em to climb back on the horse they rode in on 'cos <insert one of half a dozen start-up telcos here> would do it all spurred on by market forces and competition.

Now we have VM and all that remains of those cable companies is their debt.

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(sensei) Tue 18-Jan-11 16:04:30
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all that remains of those cable companies is their debt


and their networks, shirley ?

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