g7viz: In the UK they are now seeing "free broadband" from the likes of www.talktalk.co.uk, www.orange.co.uk, www.sky.co.uk to name but three. Broadband is being seen as an opportunity to sell value added services. This is why the like of woosh are looking at IPTV etc. etc. LLU provides the opportunity to cut out the middle man (i.e. Telecom). Vodafone and Telstraclear are positioning themselves for the triple play and possibly 4-play. This will initially happen in the metropolitan areas but it will ripple out to rural areas later probably by wimax.

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g7viz


Whilst it is true that there are 'free' broadband solutions available, they are generally quite poor. They include download caps (very unusal in the UK) and are usually quite slow speeds too.

In the UK, since the LLU there has been an explosion of very cheap broadband providers. They all offer exactly the same service, that being upto 8mbps (depending on distance from exchange) with no caps. The only thing between them is the customer service. Almost all of the new ISP's insist as part of the contract that you must also use their phone services, which are usually a fair price compared to BT.

But, because of this competition BT have got their act together and are now offering faster speeds. Before LLU it wasn't possible to get 8mbps, only 4mbps IIRC, but since the new ISP's started offering this, BT have had to offer it too, and have also started investing in ADSL2 technology.

Things are moving fast here in the UK, and it was triggered by LLU. The cable network is offering 10mbps, and in some parts of London you can now get 100mbps.

VOIP is starting to become mainstream too, with adverts on national TV from major stores like Tesco (biggest supermarket in the UK) offering home solutions.