Faster Internet connections is what we all want, both here in the UK, and across the globe.
We all know that we have to firstly resolve the issue of using the old cable for our connections at the moment.
Recently BT have been in negotiations to open up it ducting to allow other operators to run fibre. I believe this will be a good move, there is lots of ducts all around the country to run cable through, and those who read this and live in Plymouth will remember the night mare of the the streets being dug up to allow Eurobell (Now part of Virgin Media) to lay cables around the City. For me this didn't make sense then, and still doesn't as it means it is a very big investment to cable a city. Recently we have seen H2O looking at running a fast fibre network around Plymouth, the cost of doing this using existing ducting (Mainly the sewer) is in the region of £35M.
Maybe using the BT ducting, if this includes ducting to the premise then maybe this will allow H2O to run the fibre a little cheaper and give us all access to fast Broadband at less cost.
Related to this is Google are now turning to being an ISP and is looking to run trials of fast Broadband 1Gb read there blog post here
The reality of it all is that we need, fast reliable Broadband, and we need it now.