Re: There's a reason it's never been achieved
>f the private sector haven't achieved this then how the fuck do the Labour party think they will?
They can use a different RoI model. Its probably wrong to think of companies as 'nationalized' -- that is, a branch of the government -- but rather a company that's owned either outright or majority owned by the government. (Similar to Crown Corporations in Canada.) The problem with private investment is that it tends to go where the returns are -- in the absence of a regulated monopoly (or generous local subsidies) there's no incentive to provide a universal service. Since data service is a utility, like water or electricity, it needs to be managed like one.
(Oh, wait a minute, utilities in the UK are a privatized shambles these days, aren't they? Oh well, back to the drawing board.....)