I'm just about to move house. At the moment I live about 600m from my local phone exchange. This, as ADSL geeks will know, means I get around a 21Mbps internet connection with my ISP, Be*.
Sadly, nothing lasts forever, and soon I'll be moving to a flat that's 1.3km away from the exchange. This means I'll probably get much less impressive speeds of around 6-8Mbps. As you can imagine, I'm gutted. Nothing makes a nerd happier than downloading stuff at 2MB per second.
What makes me angry is that the flat I'm moving to is a new build, and that's where I can't understand BT's approach to broadband. If I ran BT, I'd insist that we ran fibre-optic cable to every single newly built house or flat. Or, I'd ensure that each new-build estate had a mini-exchange, with a DSLAM –- the bit of kit that handles ADSL connections -- installed in the basement.
That way, all new builds would be ready for the future, everyone would get 20Mbps broadband, or even faster, and you could even connect houses in the area to your new estate, and everyone could benefit.
See, I should totally run that company.