This is not an attack on Microsoft. I have just been directed to a Convergence Conversation blog entry on the insanity that is the current punitive UK taxation on fibre to the home or business. It can be directly likened to that other tax on glass, the 1696 Windows tax, which led to the bricking up of windows across England until its repeal in the 19th century.
It raised remarkably little money but distorted health and lifestyles for a century and a half.
Under the current business rating system, new entrants pay 3000% per kilometre more than BT. – £500 per kilometre per annum compared to £15.
If that is correct it is no wonder that the UK roll out of broadband has stalled.