I was in one of the unlucky villages in Wiltshire that missed out on Gigaclear due to council ineptitude.
I was a GC champion and went to all of the public meetings. We reached over 30% take up in many of the villages but not quite all of them, before the council decided to go with BDUK. Ironically that "passed" less properties than GC planned and we are still waiting for infills.
Like what it sounds like in your area, we were dispersed and some properties were off the main cable route or too far from the nearest village to be connected, and were out of scope. Even soft dig costs and if a long cable spur/detour is needed, then that may exceed the roughly £1000 cost per property that GC work to.
In our case, those properties had the option to pay a contribution to get a GC connection via a spur off the main network. Like the Openreach community partnership, it wasn't the whole cost, but from what I remember, it was the cost over the £1000 per property. This was 5 years ago and the GC approach may have changed, but its worth getting in touch with your local GC champion and getting them to ask GC head office.
Given the price some people on here are having to pay for OR FTTP, paying GC a contribution to come 0.4m/400m is going to be cheap in comparison.
GC won't overbuild in OR FTTC areas. It goes against their business model and their investors won't sanction it. All to do with the un-level playing field as BDUK is subsidised, where as GC is all private investment.
Edited by sidef (Thu 23-Aug-18 20:12:11)