Yes - we expect the copper line will come as an added cost. It would be no surprise if our ISP failed to mention the option. Hope the NBN delivers a reliable idiot proof VOIP. It's hard to see how the cost of keeping the copper network up will not climb astronomically until there are too few customers to sway political will and it is shut down anyway.
Our past experiences with VOIP require descriptive language that would not be appropriate. Our ISP reverted to putting us onto the copper directly for all voice connections several years prior. Even now the system usually needs a complex manual intervention every time the power is lost to compensate for some conflict issue between phone and data services. At least with a CSG there was some hope of remedy.
For the more pragmatic out there:
The Sunshine coast region has around 300,000 population in around 130,000 dwellings. For the hinterland with around 50,000 population and discounting the larger 4 or 5 towns such as Nambour, Beerwah etc there are probably less than 10,000 dwellings spread over the remaining small towns and rural areas, although around half of these (5,000 dwellings) are in concentrated small towns such as Landsborough, Beerburrum etc. Not unsurprisingly these smaller communities also host the majority of local business. For them the solution is now NBN fixed wireless.
For those who can get and have current broadband services in the hinterland anecdotally the main issues are connection speed (distance from exchange) although I still get 12Mbps 2.0km out of town! And universally dramatic slowing at peak times. How the NBN is going to fix the lack of a local high bandwidth fibre backbone in their solution remains to be seen. However the existing CSG does not assure speed or bandwidth so it's demise is of little relevance in this instance.
The NBN fixed wireless is promising better internet to many of these who have no or very slow ADSL1 level service. It's those without that shout loudest. The CSG is probably not a concern. What you don't have you don't know about.
The political reality is of approx 200,000 electors in the whole of the Sunshine Coast region some 5,000 plus dwellings and business with around 10,000 electors will be on the fixed wireless solution from the NBN. So at a really rough guess 5,000 electors will expect to be better off with something of a service compared to next to nothing now. The other 5,000 electors will have a mix of experiences from a little worse off to a little better off. For them the CSG may matter because they at least have a point of reference. Although we have all been promised with the NBN super-fast speeds and should all be very happy regardless of the CSG going the way of the dodo.
I just hope that in future my upgraded Model-T Ford now with new and improved pnumatic tyres will (a) get me to Caloundra reliably and, (b) when I get there I will not be the subject of poor humour for having such an outdated, impractical and slow vehicle. Of course it will not come with RACQ roadside assist due to the unreliability of the outdated technology. So silly me to expect the new and improved broadband service from the NBN will come with a CSG.
If anyone would like to dispute the numbers feel free. They are all inferred from general statistics for the area. Nearly every thing factual relating to the NBN is "Commercial in Confidence", even though there is no NBN 2 to compete with. It's all our taxpayer funds they are using. I am only trying to understand what it is that drives the NBN outcomes. Having a choice is not only about understanding issues or outcomes. Although in the NBN example the other choice is to move to the city or go without. It is also about accepting that there are somethings that are very hard to change. Change is possible - however needs a strong and logically derived argument and great communication to get the majority to share the same goals. Numerically Australia is governed on the direct will of less than 40% of the electors. It can't be that hard - can it?