This will be the end to free coasters in the shape of AOL install CD's!
Oh well, confined to distant memory...
@Edwin - I wholeheartedly agree mate! I used to work from home and quality xDSL was a must-have.
However, I also feel that ALL xDSL should be quality rather than some of the muck on the market. Decent kit does go some way to a decent connection though!
Broadband HAS become a necessity rather than a luxury - think of all the things you can do online like tax the car, banking, supermarket shopping, etc. Some may think this trivial, however, when you live in a rural location and your nearest bank branch is 20 miles away, digital banking is a saviour.
Unfortunately, it is us rural folks that tend to get left behind in the infrastructure upgrades due to economies of scale. My village is enabled and I enjoy a nice 7.1 Mbit/s connection which is relatively uncontended due to the population being mostly ancient. However, this took me quite some time to campaign for and nigh on constant calls to our friends at BT. I shudder to think in what century I will have FTTH or FTTC! This latest report on "Digital Britain" seems to have missed the point entirely. 2 Mbit/s? Don't make me laugh! Once we all start pumping VOIP, TV, web browsing, streaming radio, VPN to work, etc. down our pipes, we'll need a little more than that Mr. Carter. You're the ones pushing us into this revolution, you're the ones that need to enable it. Cough up, lay fibre and the ROI WILL come. Think long term, not next week or election.