"All men are created equal but some are more equal than others" is a famous quote and it's also very true of your telephone line!
BT charges everyone a flat rate for their phone line rental, currently £17.99p per month or £194.28p annually. However the products and services that BT deliver via your line can vary tremendously.
How can BT justify the standard pricing model any longer when you consider that vast parts of the country only have ADSL enabled on their exchange, while other customers are continually getting the latest features added to their exchange?
Customers in metropolitan and city areas enjoy continual improvements to their service, including ADSL+, 21CN WBC and fibre services (FTTP & FTTC), while folks in the country only get standard ADSL without any chance of BT upgrading their exchange in the foreseeable future.
Obviously, BT is a private company, but unlike most companies they are not only answerable to their shareholders but also to a regulator. We believe that until the regulator makes changes, BT will never get fibre products to millions of customers, depriving them of all the speed and exclusive services that are offered via fibre.
Some exchanges do offer you a choice of provider via the LLU (Local Loop Unbundling) route allowing you to pay line rental to Sky, O2 or TalkTalk etc and we encourage the 'unbundlers' to fit their equipment into many more exchanges in the future to provide healthy competition.
The only way we can see to end the internet speed blockade endured my millions of customers is to abolish the universal line rental price. If your line can't support fibre products, why should you pay the same fee as someone on the next street whose line does support fibre?