As far as Superfast North Yorkshire is concerned, this programme has come to the end of its natural life. There is to be a phase 2 and we are not teaming up with Superfast North Yorkshire for phase 2 but are working with west Yorkshire authorities. We were uncomfortable with phase 1 and the decision making process. Decision making was devolved, not by the Council but by NYNET (which is a company set up by North Yorkshire County Council), to BT. In phase 2 we i.e. the City of York Council, will be determining where to invest public funds: not BT. This will provide much better value for money from the use of public funding and meet our objectives.
Ah, politics, eh? I'm not sure the West Yorkshire process is much different from the North Yorkshire one.
In truth, I'd say that the reason York has swapped from SFNY to SFWY is because the local council has also hopped into a general consortium with the West Yorkshire councils - the "West Yorkshire Combined Authority." I'm not hugely convinced it will have a magically larger say within that setup either.
However, what is clear is that, while the original SFNY project was one of the first in the country to get approval, and has now reached its original target (if not yet fully finished), SFWY was one of the last. York probably has something of a wait on its hands for SFWY to get around to the SEP phases.
....however they couldn't tell me if Cabinet 106 was going to get any WestYorkshire BDUK phase 2 funding, but I assume it hasn't been announced yet given elections etc.
As far as I'm aware, SFWY hasn't signed a contract (or extension) as yet. They say they've finished the OMR and public consultation, but I can't find any documents.
Once signed, you can expect the detailed plans (ie which cabinets, when) to be developed over the following 6 months or so, and work on the ground to start after that. The current rollout seems due to complete in September, so I doubt any deployment work will start before that.
It is all rather annoying and I was wondering whether BT can just drop plans to upgrade a cabinet they told BDUK that was part of their commercial roll out?
Yes, they can. Problems with commercial upgrades (such as a power connection being more difficult/costly than expected) can cause them to become unviable.
In the SEP plans, other councils have been taking a pragmatic approach, and have included an "at risk" category for commercial plans that might not happen. This is then used to allow them to include the area in their project if the need arises.
Without seeing the phase 2 consultation documents, it is hard to know how the WYCA are approaching this.
I have also walked around to see the cabinet and it appears that it is accessible with plenty of room for an additional fibre cabinet with power provision unlikely to be a problem.
What you can't see turns out to be as important. Some sites for FTTC cabinets have turned out to be unviable because the underground services have left no room.
I also noted some unde-road ducting that looks quite new taking the copper from the PCP 106 to nearby telegraph poles to service my property. Would BT done this work to improve connections prior to a FTTC/H deployment?
You've seen ducting? Or just new tarmac on the road surface?
Such signs might indicate work having been done for FTTP, but it is unlikely to have been needed for FTTC. Perhaps this was work done when FTTP looked likely, before they hit an insurmountable (ie expensive) obstacle.
I wonder also whether the announcement that York City is teaming up with GiGabit(?) to become a GiGabit City has had a negative impact on BT completing their rollout in my area? So perhaps it is just bad timing.
CityFibre have had a long project running to provide a fibre ring in the city, aimed at businesses,and IIRC supported by the council. There is now a much younger partnership with Sky and TalkTalk to run FTTP for residential properties.
These projects have been relatively invisible - I haven't seen a single indication of either expected coverage or dates anywhere ... but you'd expect that they'd be talking to SFNY and/or SFWY to ensure that BDUK funding didn't overlay in their planned coverage areas. However, they may value secrecy over the possibility that BT finds out where they are going.
But I don't think BT's handling of your cabinet is necessarily affected by CityFibre's plans. It is much more likely to be caused by changes in BT's own financial thresholds. But it does seem clear that the commercial rollout is progressing slowly while resources are focussed on meeting the BDUK projects' deadlines.
It'll be interesting to see what pans out.