Eventually the Telstra and Optus POTS will be shut down and everyone will be moved to VOIP for telephony services and whatever else you should desire (if you have a choice between Coax/fibre/DSL) in your area. You will have to move to either Fibre over Coax, VDSL, Fibre itself, satelite or 4G depending on where you live. By now you should have gotten the “It’s time to change” letter. You have about a year between the “it’s time to change” and being completely diconnected from the network.
Regardless, If you don’t choose now you will end up with nothing later. That doesn’t matter if you are already on the Telstra/Optus POTS or whether you are on HFC. The service you are on now will be shut down and if you don’t choose you will be disconnected entirely.
The problem with HFC is that everyone on your block is on the same cable. It’s stupid really. The answer was to place GPONs (on ramps) that each user connected to. The problem with HFC is that if some dick in your neighborhood decides to be a bandwidth leach everyone in the neighborhood suffers for it. It’s still a token ring network, except now its called “NBN.”
VDSL is slightly better, especially where you have a cabinet in your street. I’m getting 24 out of 25mbit out of VDSL because I’m paying for the slowest speed. I have the entire line to myself. No sharsies with douchebags. Excluding FTTH this is about as good as I could have expected.
Thanks to Malcolm in the middle we get a bunch of dead end technology we will inherently have to upgrade in perhaps 10 to 15 years over again. Unfortunately they’re just kicking the can slightly further down the road. But I will take a connection that tops out at 24mbit (3MB) a second as opposed to one that tops out at 5mbit. Maybe one of these days I’ll upgrade to the one that tops out at 100mbit a second (the same LAN speed I was getting 20 years ago).