Don't make me laugh
If nobody wants speed then who the hell wanted 21st century network??? £10 Billion GBP for a 24mb/s service if you live in your local telephone exchange.
That sort of investment would bring ultra fast broadband to the masses but then again i suppose that part of the network has escaped regulation.
Now that Openreach has been given the task of running the national network under the watchful eye of OFCOM i doubt very much that we will see any major investment to improve the current situation.
This statement by BT regarding speed is not unexpected having escaped action by the regulator by separating the local network and effectively turning it into a separate business to provide access to other operators (LLU).
It is not good business practice to invest millions on a network only to be forced into handing it over to someone else to cream off the revenue.
"...or that I dont spend all my time watching videos at the same time as downloading illigal music." - What a joke!!!
Some people think that just because they are ok when it comes to shoving out a few emails every evening and a bit of surfing on their old Pentium II everyone else must do the same.
When you have a large family sharing a connection between 4 users who all want to use MSN, BEBO and whatever other services may come to mind then i could certainly do with more speed.
The funny thing is that i called BT to order their Vision service the other day and was declined because my line did not meet the minimum speed of 4mb/s.
I am currently subscribed to a BT 8mb/s service and within 1.6km of my local exchange.
I can see reasons why BT are not willing to invest in FTTH but evidence is also becoming apparent that they are also not interested in upgrading a network which could now be up to 50 years old or more in places.
Why should they want to invest capital in a network that a regulator could hand over to other operators to share for a pittance of what it originally cost to build and maintain?
Surely then this does become a problem for UK plc if we want to build a national fibre network that gives every operator an equal slice of the cake?
The BT statement about people not wanting more speed is a very blinkered judgement especially as there are a lot of people including myself who would be willing to pay more for a better/faster DSL service.
Having had experience with Virgin Media and also suffered from their traffic management policy there appears to be no hope on the horizon for finding a service that fully meets my requirements.
I have always thought that the best way to let your providor know your speed is not acceptable is to pick up the phone and/or write a letter and complain.
Or at least make your voice heard via the regulator who at the very least may be prepared to investigate if enough people voice their concerns.
So yes i myself and many others NEED more speed if only to take advantage of the current products and services that BT themselves are offering and not to break the law as other commentators suggest.