Let me state at the outset that I live out in one of those 'rural' areas, some 3 miles from the metropolis that is Leighton-Linslade, in Southwest Bedfordshire. In spite of its proximity to L-L (which already has Infinity provision) our local exchange is not listed as being on BT's horizon for "upgrading" to provide better broadband coverage, even out beyond 2015.
Can I ask any of the 'real cognoscenti' on this forum if it's possible to ascertain whether this local exchange (at Hockliffe) is itself equipped with fibre, or if it still uses co-ax for its connectivity? [At present, all BT seem able to offer any reseller is that standard "up-to 8Mb/s" adsl product (I've ascertained that the exchange is not LLU-ed!) which in our small village seems to provide households with between 5Mb/s and 0.8Mb/s (at the far end of the village!).] I'm led to believe that the exchange itself supports some 1024 telephone lines, spread over Hockliffe and 4 other surrounding villages.
I would like to know simply because if this exchange (as well as the other 6 small rural exchanges in the county on the western side of the M1) isn't already using fibre then our chances of getting a vastly improved service really are very poor, and our only real hope for a better service would seem to be the CBC Rural Broadband initiative (although this does talk of only 'attempting to ensure that everyone should get a minimum of 2Mb/s').
I'm not seeking 'sympathy' from anyone - merely information - at this stage!