Monopolies aren’t always so very obvious.
For example, today I went looking for ADSL providers for the town of Wynyard. I know Telstra have DSLAMs in the exchange there because I’m dealing with a bloke there on one of their $17 plans, who’se looking for a bit more bandwidth & a static IP.
ISP after ISP tells me that they don’t service the numbers I provide (which include the Waratah-Wynyard Council & a large mid-town supermarket).
I surmise that Telstra simply have the immense bulk to be able to afford to drop DSLAMs into random exchanges (but not Tullah’s) & the beauracratic stickiness to escape giving other ISPs access to the equipment in timely fashion.
Either way, no joy, yet. I’ll try a few who service people I know in Burnie, the next town East of Wynyard.