Lots of stuff spread over our news on www.thinkbroadband.com
but to go by the numbers
1. Copper generally is very good and does not corrode, what you get is bad joints or cracked cables, or insulation that has worn through. Line records generally seem reasonable in the UK, i.e. not a major issue
2. UK is doing a fibre on demand roll-out where the cabinet is bypassed and a fibre aggregation node (GPON splitter) that is close to the cabinet can be used to order FTTH but at a cost. Believe the possible NBN plan includes this, price is in the range of £700 to £1000 for half of UK households, and launches in a week or two. By end of year available as paid option to almost 2/3rds of UK
3. Vectoring restores some of the speed lost by crosstalk, and is not used in the UK yet, but Germany is going that direction. Viable, real world results, so new there are not many to go by.
4. Guaranteeing 25 Mbps is a tall order, but that said the FTTH rollout was to only 93%. If FTTC is going to 100% then a big diference, and from my reading some areas where FTTC is slow speeds will still get FTTH.
5. Theft just normal copper cable theft is the issue, but even with fibre it will take a few years for the crooks to learn that fibre is worthless as scrap
6. Some areas have clubbed together to pay a subsidy to get the cab installed. Others have elected for an alternate operator using fixed wireless or a full FTTH solution.
7. BT is still saying FTTC is the right choice for now, and if you take the company with shareholders view then yes it probably is. If you UK was willing to spend billions like Aus then FTTH would be the only real sensible solution. UK is will have spent £2.5 billion on commercial FTTC roll-out to 2/3rds, then around £2bn (half gov half private investment) to get FTTC to the next 24%, and then the rest will see some spending to improve speeds to 2Mbps. A further £300m is set aside for 2015 onwards, but no set plans as yet.
8. There is the odd nimby, but one or two councils objected but are coming around. See our news on ways to camouflage cabinets with vinyl skins to blend them in or make them useful information boards.