Verizon get to keep their FTTP network all to themselves which helps them, along with that they were absolutely lambasted for deploying FTTP, but got on with it and are retiring copper where possible.
BT can't retire copper in many areas as our regulators are obsessed with the view that LLU is some panacea that solves everything.
BT are required to delivery open access to any networks they build, further eroding profit margins.
Thanks to being brought up on a diet of cross-subsidised and/or loss making LLU UK consumers are tighter than a camel's backside in a sandstorm when it comes to paying for broadband.
People who will happily pay £60 a month for TV whinge about paying more than a few £ a month for broadband and as a result the broadband is kept cheap and [censored] with a large part of its costs hidden in line rental by the big players.
Also worth noting we only have <50% cable coverage, and the incumbent has zero interest in competing with the cable company on performance. They have a captive audience in about half the country so there's absolutely no drive to spend a penny more on network than they have to. Football rights are expensive, after all.
Edited by Ignitionnet (Mon 25-Aug-14 17:43:38)