Residents of major cities are used to the idea that they will have a range of broadband options to choose from. However, Internode's newly-announced ADSL2+ service in Alice Springs is the first non-Telstra service option to be offered.
With a population of around 27,000, Alice Springs isn't a major metropolis in population terms, but it's still the second-largest town in the Northern Territory. It's great that there's no more competition to provide broadband options, but it's hard to imagine that competition extending into more remote areas. After all, if a town that size has only just seen broadband competition, how long before it shows up in Katherine? Enter the NBN, I suspect.