This is something probably more relevant to people in the UK but I'm not sure what other countries are doing with regards upgrading the existing phone network to allow super fast broadband speeds.
The current government want to introduce a 50p per person tax to pay for upgrading all the old cabling to either new, better wire or fibre optic. I'm unsure if ISP's are being taxed extra as well to help pay for this or not. Now I'm happy to pay extra for an upgraded network system BUT British Telecom still own the network and still have a monopoly over it's maintenance. In this day and age I think it's ridiculous that a private company controls all the network forcing other ISP's to use their engineers etc.
If the public is expected to pay for the upgrade then shouldn't we expect that that same network is administered equally for all instead of being left to one private company to decided where it's resources are allocated?