Sticks, Carrots and NBN…

Sg_dp I sometimes wonder if our western societies haven't gone a little bit too far in promoting the rights of the individual in the face of the needs of society as a whole. Of course, when you hear about the tens of thousands of Beijing inhabitants dispossessed and left to die in the streets just so an Olympic stadium could be built where their homes once were, you think that it's easy to go to far in this respect. But then you look at FTTH deployment in Paris or elsewhere hampered or blocked by grumpy Parisian flat owners who veto in-building works simply because they can and you wonder. 

Interestingly, Singapore faced the same issue that Paris is facing, with many building owners refusing access to the NBN. It didn't last long: a law was swiftly passed that fines owners who refuse access to the NBN 1000 singapore dollars per day. The Straight Times article Super-fast broadband reaches 60% of buildings has the low-down. Food for thought for our regulators and policy makers, I guess…

(Thanks to Dirk for inspiring the title of this post…)