It is good to see some direct involvement by Stephen Timms in pushing for the rapid rollout of next gen networks in the UK as he has credibility from previous efforts to drive the widespread uptake of initial first generation broadband services.
Whether in terms of data rates (upto Gbps) or longevity (decade warranty) fibre to the premises FttP is the ultimate objective if individuals are to have equality of access in a future-proof form.
It is simply a matter of time and will for any given community to have FttP universally available.
The central issue for any existing or emergent FttP utility service provider is the level of uptake - if 50% of residents in a given ward, estate, suburb or city commit to taking FttP service then a deployment becomes commercially interesting.
The OPLAN (Open Public Local Access Network) model combined with community shared ownership (perhaps through a members co-op) of the fibre infrastructure would provide the kind of end game solution that our friends in Holland have been enjoying for several years eg www.onsnetnuenen.nl