Yes, the wholesale provision was something many councils insisted on , however even when a provider who wasn't Openreach stated they offer/welcome wholesale it made no difference at all.
The policy is/was primarily to follow the easy/safe path , i.e. the one BDUK themselves are pushing, Openreach, the only provider left in a "competitive framework" .
You can see why they took this approach with the overwhelming bias towards it, doesn't make it right though.
But then what does when government interferes in the commercial market place
Bill Lewis - MD
Fixed wireless ISP - ISPA/CISAS/RIPE member