It's not the cut that I'm bothered about (although cheaper broadband is always welcome as long as it's reliable), it's trying to encourage at least one LLU operator into my exchange that I'd like (and any others in the same situation).
Having been on O2 LLU before moving house, I preferred my lower sync speed LLU connection to my (at least double the sync) IP Stream connection. Better upload speed, less disconnects, none of this nonsense speed profile, etc.
Financially, small exchanges are not worth any upgrades to speed up the broadband network, I completely get that and I don't blame anyone (or rather any company) for not wanting to spend a few K on an investment that could take years (if ever) to make a return. It's just very frustrating to see old houses with high speed broadband via cable, LLU/FTTC in bigger exchanges yet new housing estates connected to new(ish) but small exchanges end up with IP Stream.
Hopefully it wont be too many more years before my type of connection is seen as the one to be targeted for upgrades because everyone in the countryside and everyone in the big towns/cities will have FTTC and us stuck in the middle will be the broadband lepers of society.
plusnet 4/11/2003 -> 4/3/2009 512Kb-2Mb
O2 Standard LLU 4/3/2009 -> 23/6/2009 ~3Mb O2 Access 13/7/2009 -> 22/6/2010 ~8Mb
plusnet 22/6/2010 -> ?? ~8MB