all political rhetoric
.. with very little concept beyond "competition, competiton" ... which brings its own problems and has helped create the problem.
In Spain where the incumbent telco is the appalling Telefonica, who put profit before everything, people can wait up to 2 years for a new line and that is for voice!!
Few non-cities have any kind of broadband and the dont have a work list for switching them over.
This is happening because of competition whereby Telefonica provide a line and people immediately switch to another carrier so the telco loose on the costs of putting a line in, which can be expensive due to the size of the country and the fact that its quite mountainous. This has led to underinvestment in the network and a very low broadband penetration rate.
.. .so really how good the grail of "competition" is, can vary widely and it is definitely not the magic solution its sold as! (rather like public private partnership).
Its a way for politicians to say its not their fault, and not their responsibility - its the market forces! ... more BS!