Thanks for all the replies and I think it throws up quite a few points.
I remember when I HAD to pay a standing charge to British Gas for them to have their gas appliance sitting under my stairs so that they could monitor how much gas I was using.
I understand that part of a charge for a service would include essential maintenance used by the provider of the service, but given that broadband/internet access is now seen by many as just as much an essential utility as say gas and electricity, I think it's reasonable to start thinking that the delivery 'kit' be at a more reasonable price to the end user.
Sky, like other media providers are now pushing a lot (most?) of their media content via the internet and it seems reasonable to ask how much longer we'll need things like TV antennas/satellite dishes etc. to receive that media.... basically we'll just need a delivery system to let us access the internet?
Bottom line for me is I can now do without the traditional land line and telephone system for telephone calls and use my mobile phone or something like Skype. That just leaves the business of getting the broadband/internet access utility to my house.
I understand that companies like Sky may well have to start considering how much they charge for their internet service based on more realistic cost of actually delivering that service (I had until last year Virgin Media Broadband... that was really expensive and was delivered by their own cable system), but in the meantime I'm still considering dropping Sky TV and getting a FreeSat box and supplementing it with all the goodies available via the internet