In posting since we've returned home, we cannot say enough about how fortunate we are to have high speed internet access in our community. Holy smokes!!!
And you have no idea what a boon to commerce the availability of broadband can be. Kazakhstan, stuck in a dial-up era, has virtually no internet commerce, so buying things you need (and don't) is still dependent on getting around. And many people don't have cars.
London is totally different. Cheap broadband is everywhere, and you can see the results. Londoners are connected to the world.