With reference to the pilots, including Fixed wireless, the conditions placed on that bid process were heavily weighted against FWA operators.
I may be wrong by my view on this is there looks to be an intention to discredit the technology by tying these companies up in so many knots that they will ultimately fail.
From this BDUK can say they have tried it and then confirm the EU view of "fibre only" or short term satellite is the only way forward.
The fact the conversation emanating from .Gov at the moment is either Fibre or Satellite kind of reveals this. The latter has no need for infrastructure investment either so becomes a neat fix to the final X% after all the money has been spent on OR solutions.
As i mentioned in another post, Satellite will also please OR as it poses no real threat to their business at all and will ultimately result in further funding later on to replace it with whatever OR solution is available at the time. It will be a quick fix for the current government though and tick the relevant boxes on the targets to meet sheet.
What is the right thing to do is not what will invariably happen, this has been proven throughout history when Government interferes in technology industries.
They are woefully ill equipped and experienced, resulting in being driven by what they see as safe and the least risk to them. Helped along by some powerful industry lobbyists
It isn't their money they are spending after all.
While I do not subscribe to the satellite being the answer for superfast and it fails on the easy expansion to much higher speeds, it is worth pointing out that it is one of several techs being considered to help them understand the costs for the final 5%.
Four at least of which appear to be fixed wireless. This is a chance for the alt-nets to show that they can actually do what they have said for some years but never being given a chance with public money before. In a perfect world similar pilots would have taken place for BDUK phase 1 with evaluations at the end, but I don't think people would have waiting till now to do the evaluation on say the North Yorkshire project.
Have chased one sat operator and not impressed with the replies to date.
For a single property that is miles from the next nearest place and with limited line of sight routes then satellite is an option and install times mean it can be done quickly with no need for other infrastructure in the area.