Hi ryan and welcome.
I dont have time to write an epic post, but at the end of the day it is down to cost. I would love FTTH, but do I view it as an essential no. Im not anti-BT and Im not pro-BT, just a realist when it comes to who is going to pay for this.
JerseyTelecom is a good example.. or rather bad example. Many years ago it was said we should follow the path of Jersey whereby state funded half of the roll-out. Since then, theres been hiccups and delays and its still not complete. Someone did the maths once on here and we are talking many billions. You cant compare the UK with Jersey because it has no vast Welsh mountains, Pennine and remote scottish highlands. Whats-his-face who was behind all the BT slagging off and directing the JT rollout seems to have gone rather quiet for the past few years on that subject. Jersey is minute when compared to the size of the UK.
BT cant fund this alone, no company who has to report to shareholders can. No-one else aside from BT was even interested in tendering for the remote areas. When it comes to gov funding, which is more important 30bn for fibre or 30bn to the NHS. Tough choice
wwwombat made a very good post last week or so about take up of higher speed products. In the uk we pay about £20 for upto 80/20. Compare with JT
who dont even have VAT so true cost would be higher.
I cant afford to pay much more than I do, and it was one of the reasons why I personally delayed upgrading from adsl to fttc.
The one UK exception is B4RN.. whose success is down to the technical expertise of Barry Forde et-al and the fact that knowledge and labour etc is all given for free.
I agree with walter that fttp is reliable and it is the future. The problem is who is going to pay for it?