This was a subject that was raised about a couple of years ago within the forum.Things appear to be improving but at a very slow pace compared to other countries.BT still have mountains of work ahead of them.ISP's are coming, going, merging you name it. All usually suggesting a better service at a reasonable price, but if the infrastructure is not there, what can one do about it?.
Large parts of our telephone and rail systems are relatively ancient when being compared to the rest of the world. Therefore, the faster devices (be that a train or a bandwith) are too much for the old system to cope with therefore a greater deal of work is required in order to bring the networks up to speed.
Rest assured, it will take time but it will happen.
I've just gone from dial-up to 512kb and yet I'm already champing at the bit for 1mb bandwidth if I can convince my more sensible hald to spend the extra fiver!! The thought of 8mb makes me feel all light headed but for now we'll just have to wait.