Basically technology is evolving faster than our internet seems to be, there's a lot of articles and discussions about this but I don't want to link them as I'm not sure if you're able to link things here like that All else being equal - what does it matter? Okay for us as members of this site the technology behind the internet and residential internet in particular is fascinating but for 95% of the UK's population it's of no interest at all. They don't care if their connection is via FTTP, FTTC, or an old man leading a donkey. All they care about is that it allows them to do the things they want to do. And the evidence we have of the last 20 years (maybe more) is that the UK's telecommunications network has been providing most of the population with what they want better than most of the UK's peers.
It also, from a pragmatic engineering standpoint, seems to have been a sensible and logical growth. For example if we'd decided to go straight from analog to FTTP a lot of the population would still have been on analogue ten years ago. With that plan the remaining 5% might still be on analogue today. BT (and others) have done a reasonably good job of upgrading the national network to keep up with demand.
But the technology used..meh. That's just bragging rights. It's of interest to us geeks but most people in the UK don't care and don't need to care.
I hear what you're saying with that and I don't disagree however I do feel that in regards to broadband itself, most people probably would want a better more solid service (however that's done technology wise).
If you said to most people about our internet being delivered through phone lines as opposed to a much stronger and solid way of delivering it to our homes than through wires (or whatever) I would imagine they would say we should be advanced from that.
As I say the only reason most have phone lines now is for the internet, of course business's still use phone's in their offices but I don't know anyone for years who has used a landline phone in their homes, I can't even remember last seeing one which is what I mean by how they're only still around due to this reason (is this a benefit to BT, I'm not sure).
It's interesting though because although I'm not overly clued up technology wise (which I admit) but I do wonder as technology advances and we do need more solid and faster broadband delivered to our homes how long can the current landline system deliver this
I mean we're now mainly on HD for most things such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Box Office etc. which is fine at the moment to a degree however we're going into 4K now and it won't be long until that's a thing everywhere then onto an 8K quality.
My point is regardless of what 4K, 8K, whatever they want to call it we're on like how we had to advance from dial up to cater to the things that came into play it's going to be the same thing for this.
I read this comment earlier too which I thought was quite interesting.
"internet is rubbish in the UK any way you look at it with 60-70 being "superfast", average in the US being about 90"
It does seem like on a whole we are lacking as opposed to where we probably should be, we shouldn't really have the amount of problems we have now (although of course technology is going to have but you get what I mean).
It's all really interesting and I appreciate your insights here too