As the previous poster says - the Cost of Broadband in most places in the UK where there is reasonable competition - particularly between Virgin and SKY you can get some good deals and UNCAPPED -- as I've pointed out there's no point in having the fastest broadband on the planet if your CAP is about 5 mins worth of an HD MOVIE -- don't forget it's not just DOWNLOADS that consume bandwidth but things like STREAMED services (NETFLIX, SKY GO etc) also consume just as much as downloads too.
The main problem with the UK is that if the courts can get an order at the drop of a hat to BLOCK sites there won't be soon be any sites apart from Govt services to log on to. The UK will soon have a more restricted service than China or N Korea !!!
Here's another 20 or so sites that are being blocked in the UK - some of these aren't even "classical Torrent sites" but are getting refused access just because some Movie / music companies think they *Could* host copyright material !!!!.
From the BBC : BBC News - ISPs told to block 21 pirate sites
Mind you takes about 2 secs to bypass - but still shows what Govts are REALLY after - not per se the blocking of these sorts of sites - but eventually ANY site they don't like - probably will give a bovine reason like National Security. By allowing the courts to have a go at these sites the UK Govt is testing the water for a BIG attack later on sites IT wants to block.
I'm sure in the USA the Federal Govt is probably looking at this with interest too --just because it happens in ONE country doesn't mean it won't happen elsewhere.