A lot of the areas they picked put them in direct competition with either Virgin straight away or BT FTTC very quickly.
The very exchanges that would have benefit most ( i.e outlying exchanges ) were all the ones chopped out of the 54 initial ( down to the 34 actually done ).
I am unfortunately on one of these and I would guess that as South Yorkshire was attracting no BDUK funding due to Digital region, whether now there is a chance it might do if this network is getting closed down.
Fingers crossed !!
Oh, and I worked on it for 2 years and am glad I got out last year when I did !!