I'm looking at getting involved in the local Northumberland BDUK project and in preparation am doing some research.
Northumberland has a budget of £7m from the BDUK project which I believed has to be matched by the private sector leaving the council with a final budget of £14m.
Dividing £14m amongst 73 exchanges leaves each exchange with around £180,000. Nine of these exchanges are already planned or have FTTC services and so may not need any or certainly require less funding.
The biggest issue with our local area is that in some cases FTTC will not be viable as some villages are served by one cabinet that is a good 1200 - 1600m away which means FTTC would barely be faster than current ADSL2+ services.
The exchange (Wylam - NEWYL) presently servers ~1800 Premises of which most are within a 4-5km radius. The area is relatively rural and the roads between Horsley and Heddon (North of Wylam) has a grass verge running most of the way meaning installation of fibre ducts would be somewhat easier.
I was relatively young (8 or 9 years old) however I remember that our village was widely ignored by BT as not viable for Broadband however the community got together and showed the demand was there. It's likely that there is demand for a fibre based service, especially in Heddon where lines are particularly slow (~1-3Mb/s).
Are there any examples of successful FTTP rollouts under BDUK. I remember that ICS project being a bit of a failure so was wondering what the general picture was coming from various rollouts.
I understand that most projects haven't got past planning stages yet although I believe a few counties have began rollouts.