You lot are lucky, we get a maximum of 2mbs here and the cost is outrageous!! (I'm in a specific area in the UK and this is the best service available!).
Some lucky UK residents get up to around 24mbs though (maybe higher now). But the main thing is that it is "UP TO" (which VERY rarely means that is the speed they get!).
Hey i could start an ISP and advertise 'UP TO' 1gbs rates - doesn't mean i have to deliver that! (typical Rip of Britain attitude companies have!).
South Korea have the best rates from what i've heard - because the South Korean government had the insight to put into place a high quality optical phone network. The average user gets around 100mbs from what i've heard!
It's set to get a lot faster though, there are trials running now for super high speed connections of >10,000 times faster via "the Grid" (see http://hubpages.com/hub/Superfast-Internet-Coming-Soon-Via-the-Grid for instance or search for The Grid). There's the super fast satellite option too, can't remember where i saw that though.
It's set to get better for everyone - we all just have to be patient